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U.S. Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • The U.S. Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Community Protocol) is designed to inspire and guide U.S. local governments to account for and report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the communities they represent.
  • Building on previous advice provided by ICLEI and others, this Community Protocol represents a new national standard that establishes requirements and recommended best practices for developing community GHG emissions inventories.
  • A consistent national standard allows local governments to more easily develop high-quality GHG inventories and measure progress toward their emissions reduction goals and communicate results with their community members.

Step One: Conduct the Scoping Process

  • Consider the GHG emission sources and activities you wish to report on and the stories you wish to convey about GHG emissions associated with your community. At a minimum, the following Five Basic Emissions Generating Activities must be included in the inventory:
  • Use of electricity by the community
  • Use of fuel in residential and commercial stationary combustion equipment
  • On-road passenger and freight motor vehicle travel
  • Use of energy in potable water and wastewater treatment and distribution
  • Generation of solid waste by the community
  • Local governments are strongly encouraged to include other sources and activities in accounting and reporting as well.

Step Two: Perform Emissions Calculations

  • Gather data and use Protocol accounting methods to calculate emissions for selected sources and activities.

Step Three: Complete the GHG Inventory Report

Develop a report that effectively conveys information about GHG emissions associated with your community, meeting the reporting requirements described in Chapter 4.

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What is Carbon Credit (CC)?

Carbon credits or Certified Emission Reduction (CER) certificates are issued when there is a reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). By convention, one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent corresponds to one carbon credit. This credit can be traded in the international market. The reduction of emissions of other gases which also contribute to the greenhouse may also be converted into carbon credits, using the concept of equivalent carbon.

Carbon Credits create a market for GHG reduction by giving a monetary value to pollution. The concept of carbon sequestration was enshrined in the Kyoto Conference in 1997 in order to contain and reverse the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere in order to reduce the greenhouse effect, which determines a maximum quota that developed countries can emit.

The conservation of carbon stocks in soils, forests and other vegetation, the preservation of native forests, the establishment of forests and agroforestry and reclamation are some actions that contribute to the reduction of the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.

The results of the effect Sequestration can be quantified using the estimate of biomass of the plant above and below ground, the calculating of carbon stored in the timber and the amount of CO2 absorbed in photosynthesis

Carbon Credit (CC) is a form of environmental currency.

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United States Carbon: Atomspheric Carbon Increases

Preliminary data for February 2013 show CO2 levels last month standing at their highest ever recorded at Manua Loa, a remote volcano in the Pacific. Last month they reached a record 396.80ppm with a jump of 3.26ppm between February 2012 and 2013.  Carbon dioxide levels fluctuate seasonally, with the highest levels usually observed in April. Last year the highest level at Mauna Loa was measured at 396.18ppm.

What is disturbing scientists is the acceleration of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, which are occurring in spite of attempts by governments to restrain fossil fuel emissions.  According to the observatory, the average annual rate of increase for the past 10 years has been 2.07ppm – more than double the increase in the 1960s. The average increase in CO2 levels between 1959 to the present was 1.49ppm per year.

“The challenge we already knew was great is even more difficult”, said Kelly Levin, a researcher with the World Resources Institute in Washington. “But even with an increased level of reductions necessary, it shows that a 2°C goal is still attainable –if we act ambitiously and immediately.”

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A United States Carbon Sustainability Plan is self-funding. Benefiting People, Planet, And Profits…at the same time.

United States Carbon LLC, is an energy efficiency and Business Sustainability Project Management Company. Our business clients will become more Energy Efficient, Greener, Cleaner, More Socially Responsible and more profitable – all at the same time, and for little or no capital outlay. The energy savings from United States Carbon proposed projects are what is used to fund all project costs.  Simply put, we help companies reduce their energy consumption, increase the value of their  business and improve their company’s social responsibility through our Carbon Reduction Audit, Technologies & Project Funding Process.  United States Carbon combines the best in class technology utilizing, SMART WEB, SAETEC and SHOMEL to achieve the most comprehensive approach to reduction of energy in exchange for Carbon Assets. Our software solutions measure energy consumption and create the baseline for the Carbon Assets. Our solution can be offered as software service (SaaS) to large greenhouse gas emitters for corporate social responsibility, reporting and compliance management.

A United States Carbon Sustainability Plan is self-funding.  Benefiting People, Planet, And Profits…at the same time. 

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