Energy consumption is an important management factor for municipalities. Each unit of energy, whether liters of fuel, kilowatts of electricity or the more abstract gigajoule (GJ), costs something to purchase and use. Knowing how much is being used and where, gives municipalities a chance to manage energy consumption costs and to look for efficiencies. Energy consumption has side effects, and one important side effect is Greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Measuring and reducing GHGs allow municipalities potential access to carbon credits and project funding opportunities, as well as the more altruistic goal of impacting climate change.
To date, Eco-West Canada has completed over 100 energy and emission inventories and reinventories in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Thanks to EWC, municipalities have become more conscious than ever of the emissions sources based on the types of energy used, equipment, and the sectors involved (transportation, buildings, water treatment plants, residual materials management, etc.)
As part of its climate change local action plan development process, EWC conducts inventories of GHG emissions that are generated within a municipality both at the corporate (municipal) and the community levels.
The corporate inventory includes data on all municipal government installations, including buildings, street lighting, water and sewage, the municipal fleet and solid waste management activities within the community and / or the municipal government.
The community Inventory includes residential, institutional, commercial and industrial, as well as transportation and solid waste data. The results thus gathered enable a municipality to set targets for GHG emissions reductions, and the success in attaining these can then be measured by performing a re-inventory some years after using the initial GHG inventory as a baseline.
For more information on how EWC can help you reach your sustainability goals, please contact Alec Massé: