Public Agency Leadership Program
The Climate Registry’s (TCR) Public Agency Leadership Program helps government agencies to measure and manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their own operations. Participants learn how to report their energy use and take steps to increase efficiency, reduce emissions, and lower operational costs.
Benefits of participating in the Public Agency Leadership Program include:
- rigorous GHG accounting that helps agencies to save money by identifying opportunities to reduce fuel and energy costs,
- credibility gained by reporting and verifying to a credible third-party, and
- capacity and experience to empower public agencies as they regulate the private sector and work within their communities to implement climate and energy efficiency programs.
The Climate Registry offers a range of tools and services that can be scaled to meet specific agency needs in the following program areas:
- Policy: guidance on use of existing GHG protocols as well as customized protocol development
- Assurance: use of TCR’s third-party verification protocol and customized assurance program design and development
- Recognition: national, regional, and customized award program design and operation
- Technology: sophisticated reporting tools with built-in calculators and emission factors as well as product design and management for customized GHG reporting systems
- Support and training: off-the-shelf or customized training, live Help Desk by phone or email, on-site support, webinars, workshops, and networking events for GHG professionals
State of California Leadership Model
The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) uses The Climate Registry’s Public Agency Leadership Program to account for and report use of:
- natural gas (therms),
- purchased electricity (kwh), and
- vehicle fuels (gasoline, diesel, E85).
Forty-five California agencies, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Water Resources, California Highway Patrol, and Department of General Services, report their annual energy use through the Climate Registry Information System (CRIS). CRIS then converts each agency’s energy data into a GHG emissions footprint. Cal EPA uses the resulting energy and carbon footprints as a management tool for goal-setting and GHG reduction targets.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is the largest state-run prison system in the U.S. Measuring their entity-wide GHGs at the facility level provides CDCR with 1) an in-depth look at their own energy inefficiencies and 2) a side-by-side comparison of their GHG emissions and energy use. This comprehensive and transparent inventory helps CDCR target the most significant GHG emissions sources and has proven a valuable tool in planning and tracking additional energy saving projects.
Leading By Example: California Agencies Help Cool the Planet
This video was premiered at the 2015 Cool Planet Award Ceremony on Friday, October 16, 2015. “Leading by Example – California Agencies Help Cool the Planet” highlights the progress of state agencies in California to meet Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order B-18-12. B-18-12 issued in April of 2012, which requires all state agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2015 and 20 percent by 2020, as measured against a 2010 baseline. Energy and water efficiency improvements in state buildings and operations reduce state operating costs and help boost California’s economy by investing in green technology companies and green jobs. The energy used in buildings accounts for the second largest contribution to California greenhouse gas emissions. Three of California’s state agencies (Departments of General Services, Transportation, and Corrections & Rehabilitation) account for over 50% of the agencies’ total emissions and are featured in this video. You’ll hear how these three agencies have worked and are working with Southern California Edison to meet the goals of the Executive Order and describe their future plans as well. They are “walking the walk” and setting an example for what can be accomplished in California in a big way.
State of Minnesota Leadership Model
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) uses The Climate Registry’s Public Agency Leadership Program to streamline GHG reporting by linking existing state government building and fleet systems with CRIS. MPCA can aggregate energy and GHG emissions for state operations as a whole and set goals and reduction targets based on each agency’s individual emissions inventories.