Creation and Third-party Verification of Large Governmental Greenhouse Gas Emission Report
The changing climate impacts society and the ecosystem in many ways including disastrous frequency, public health, energy supplies, and more. As the state’s public policies become more stringent with climate policy, local governments are mandated to report their greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and to make plans for measurable GHG reductions in subsequent years. Among the top five populous counties in the United States*, the County of San Diego (CoSD) oversees over 1000 facilities, consuming over 100 GWh annually. In the processes of creating an organizational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory report using the Climate Registry Information System (CRIS), the CoSD encountered many complications in the data collection and reporting requirements. From obtaining third-party verification to validating results, this article presents an insight on understanding obstacles and leverages to achieve a high level of confidence in reporting for large governmental bodies.
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