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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
with New Tools
Free offerings help FMs make the business case for sustainability
Trying to justify the investment in energy efficiency measures or renewables? Two new tools can help you determine the value of upgrades and retrofits that reduce
your power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Emissions Quantification Tool
A free web-based tool by the DOE delivers hard numbers on the changes to carbon
dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions you can expect from reducing
power usage, as well as estimates of energy and financial savings. The technologies evaluated in the tool include coordinated electric vehicle charging schedules, battery storage
for energy and grid-integrated solar generation.
“Users can quickly and easily screen different scenarios by varying the type of smart
grid technology and other variables to best characterize their circumstances and loca-
tion,” explains Karen Studarus, Power Systems Engineer at the DOE’s Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory (PNNL), which developed the tool. “The modules we’ve assembled
are being used right now to explore the impacts of proposed projects and understand
the sometimes counterintuitive tradeoffs.”
The web-based Emissions
Quantification Tool produces a
detailed report with pre- and post-
adoption comparisons for each
technology, along with details on
variables that can affect the invest-
ment’s value, such as how much
energy storage the user would
need to provide a certain level of
operational benefits and what the
resulting increase or decrease in
emissions would be. Its calcula-
tions are based on established
data sources like the EPA’s AVERT
(Avoided Emissions and Generation
Tool), which maps the hourly emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable
energy programs. Investigate the Emissions Quantification Tool at smartgrid.gov.
IFMA’s Carbon Footprint Guide
The latest volume of IFMA’s Sustainability How-To Guide series focuses on how FMs
can reduce an organization’s carbon footprint. Authors Sharon Jaye and Trevor Anderson
walk facilities professionals through the greenhouse gas inventory process, a critical
management tool for carbon footprinting, and then demonstrate how to establish trend-tracking baselines, develop mitigation strategies and assess progress.
“Sustainability is no longer just a value-based question. It is a core strategic impera-
tive for any company that intends to thrive and grow in the years ahead,” Jaye and
Anderson note. “Reporting on carbon footprint performance is one important way for
organizations to manage their impact on sustainable development.”
Using the guide, facilities managers learn how to:
■ Learn metrics, boundaries and collection instructions for a greenhouse gas inventory
■ Benchmark and report emissions
■ Set goals for emissions reduction and chart progress toward that goal
■ Make the business case for emissions reduction investments, including cost savings
from operational efficiencies, increased revenues and new markets, and intangible
benefits such as competitive positioning and better shareholder relations
The carbon footprint guide is one of 17 in the Sustainability How-To Guide series.
Check it out at community.ifma.org/knowledge_library.
THESE NEW CARBON FOOTPRINT TOOLS walk
FMs through the process of reducing greenhouse
gas emissions, from taking an emissions inventory
to options for equipment upgrades.
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