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Manage Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Enfor uses up to date, BC-recognized standards and reporting templates to evaluate your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This includes reference to ISO 14064 internationally recognized standards for greenhouse gas accounting.

We'll assess your needs and take care of your government reporting requirements. We can start with an evaluation to establish your greenhouse gas baseline inventory. We'll assess reductions achieved and required, and recommendations for future reductions. We'll provide prioritized recommendations for reducing greenhouse gases that meet your needs and your abilities, and can arrange a schedule for future assessments to help you stay compliant.

Most business and community activities result in the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Typically these include Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4) and Nitrous Oxide (N20). Understanding your GHG inventory and options to manage emissions is an important first step in meeting your organization's GHG obligations.

BC GHG Emissions 2008. Source: BC Ministry of Environment 2010

Major sources of GHGs include:

  • Combustion of fossil fuels used to generate electricity or heat for industrial processes.
  • Combustion of fossil fuels in transportation. Transportation is the single largest contributor to GHG emissions in BC.
  • Combustion of fossil fuels for space and water heating. In BC, buildings account for around 11% of GHG emissions (according to the Ministry of Environment). The majority of this is from natural gas consumption, although propane and heating oil also play a role.
  • Decomposition of organic wastes. Organic wastes, including paper, wood, waste food and sewage solids all emit GHGs as they decompose. Decomposition produces significant quantities of methane, a more potent GHG.
  • Removal of 'carbon sinks'. Clearing without replacing forests, green space and other ecosystems within a community causes the release of that carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and prevents the ecosystem from absorbing further carbon dioxide.
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Some key actions that your organization can take to reduce GHGs include:

  • Fuel switching from fossil fuels to more carbon neutral fuels. Lower your GHG emissions by switching or co-firing with carbon neutral energy sources such as biomass energy (wood pellets or briquettes). Our experience shows that you will save energy costs as well as reduce your carbon budget, making the switch economically viable.
  • District heating systems for communities. The use of biomass fired combined heat and power systems are common in Europe, taking advantage of the heat energy from a power system to heat local buildings. Reduce your carbon footprint and reduce heat and power costs at the same time.
  • Reducing methane release. Since methane is such a potent greenhouse gas, projects that reduce methane emissions may result in the greatest reductions of your GHG. Such projects include the beneficial use (e.g. energy production) of landfill gas and digester gas arising from anaerobic digestion of sewage, and the capture and destruction of methane (e.g. flaring).

Enfor Consultants Ltd. is committed to meet your GHG needs. Please feel free to contact us to see how we can help meet your needs.