Our team of GHG and Climate Change Strategy experts brings over 100 years of cumulative experience to each project.
Our Climate Change & GHG Services include:
GHG Monitoring Plan and Procedures Preparation
GHG Emissions Calculation for Annual Reporting
Audit of GHG Monitoring Plan and Procedures
Serving as Designated Representative's Delegated Agent for Submission for Annual Reports to U.S. EPA
Greenhouse Gas Assessments
Additional Sustainability and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Services:
Facility Carbon Footprint Determination
Development of GHG Calculator for Industrial Sectors
Product Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Footprint Determination
Industrial Energy Use Audit and Management
Carbon Offset Project Quantifications
Renewable Energy Feasibility
Implementation, Management, and Results Tracking
ISO 14001 Systems with a Sustainability Focus by KERAMIDA's FastTrack® System - the fastest and most cost-effective way to develop a Management System
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory Reports
KERAMIDA provides consultation to determine if your facility is subject to mandatory reporting for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Your facility may be required to submit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory reports to the EPA if your business falls under one of the required source categories or exceeds the emission threshold for reporting as specified in federal regulation for GHG reporting. For facilities operating in California you will also be subject to the California Regulation for Mandatory Reporting of GHG emissions and may potentially be required to submit both a federal and state GHG emission inventory report.
We offer California Accredited Lead GHG Verification.
KERAMIDA can help your facility navigate through the federal and state reporting regulations to determine if you will be required to submit a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory report. If it is determined that you are subject to mandatory GHG reporting, KERAMIDA can prepare and submit your facility’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reports under the supervision of our in-house California Accredited Lead GHG Verifier. By being prepared and managed by an Accredited Lead GHG Verifier, we can minimize any complications that may arise from the required 3rd party verification process for facilities operating within the state of California. In addition to checking the emission calculations and confirming that the data is collected in a way that is compliant with the reporting rule, we can prepare verification binders for you to keep on-site during the verification process.
Meet Dr. Albert Chung, Ph.D., P.E. - Our in-house GHG Lead Verifier.
Dr. Chung received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UCLA and is a registered P.E. in the state of California. His research focused on the optical properties of diesel and biodiesel particulates and secondary organic aerosols and how it impacts climate change. Dr. Chung has over 10 years of consulting experience focusing on air issues including greenhouse gas (GHG) management. He is an accredited GHG Lead Verifier in the state of California and has prepared numerous GHG emission inventory reports and provided 3rd party verification of GHG emissions reports for facilities across the state of California. Dr. Chung serves as KERAMIDA’s technical expert on all matters relating to air emissions, pollution control infrastructure and associated regulatory compliance.
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Climate Action Plan Consulting
Strategy, Development, and Implementation
Climate Action Plans (CAPs) are a cost-effective way to formalize, demonstrate and implement your emissions reduction strategy to help achieve meaningful climate change mitigation when it is based on a greenhouse gas inventory and emissions reduction targets. KERAMIDA’s professionals will evaluate your equipment and operations to develop methods to reduce your carbon footprint and draft a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to effectively guide the implementation of emissions reductions strategies. These methods can be required by regulations that a facility may not always be aware of, or they can also be put into effect as voluntary measures to show initiative in combating climate change. Our climate change experts are also experienced in assisting clients in various sectors with setting Science-Based Targets for emissions reduction.
Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
Risk Management and Vulnerability Assessments
Our multidisciplinary team of experts can help public and private businesses build climate resilience by developing adaptation strategies that identify and reduce risk. For companies interested in developing climate change adaptation strategies, KERAMIDA can assist in implementing risk management efforts to adapt to climate change, including crisis and emergency management for:
flooding from stormwater and rising sea levels
Carbon Footprint Experts
Carbon Footprint Evaluation Services
KERAMIDA completes Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 Carbon Footprint determinations for corporations and governmental units. Our carbon footprint evaluations are used for Green Product certifications and include organizational and operational footprint boundaries (facility itself, product life cycle, suppliers), quantification factors, identification of emission sources, quantification methods, emission factors, source activity data, and voluntary or regulatory program requirements. KERAMIDA also develops carbon footprint tracking tools customized to each client’s needs and provides services for data acquisition, input, and validation. KERAMIDA's carbon footprint consultants counsel clients on strategic communication of carbon footprints and reduction goals.
Greenhouse Gas Consulting
GHG Project Experience:
Carbon Footprint for Food Manufacturer
KERAMIDA completed a Greenhouse Gas Inventory for a food manufacturer in order to meet the requirements of Walmart’s Sustainability Product Index. The inventory was completed under the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) protocol and included Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Limited Scope 3 emissions for packaging manufactured off-site was also included. Sources of emissions beyond energy use include water and wastewater treatment emissions.
Carbon Footprint for the Products of Medical Equipment Supplier
KERAMIDA completed a Carbon Footprint for a leading international medical and hospital equipment supplier for its Global Headquarters manufacturing facility. A team of key leadership staff representing product development, operations, engineering, and sales was advised by KERAMIDA on the appropriate boundaries to set for the carbon footprint and how to best communicate the results throughout the company. The Carbon Footprint included Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and a request from suppliers for Scope 3 emissions. KERAMIDA also performed carbon footprints for the products of two of the client’s suppliers. After compilation of one year of carbon footprint data, KERAMIDA provided the client with carbon footprint tracking tools to manage future years of data and set reduction goals.
GHG Inventories for Wood Furniture Manufacturing Facility
KERAMIDA performed greenhouse gas inventories for twelve wood furniture manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. using the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) protocol. KERAMIDA also tailored the inventories to meet local emission factors associated with local electrical power generation facilities.
Energy Audit and GHG Inventories for Wood Furniture Production Facility
KERAMIDA performed an energy audit of the wood furniture production facility and corporate offices which included a greenhouse gas inventory and recommended energy conservation projects. KERAMIDA also provided the greenhouse gas inventory in the format required by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).
U.S. Department of Energy - Metal Casting Energy Use and CO2 Reduction Study
KERAMIDA performed a study of energy use in foundries and best practices for energy use reduction and CO2 generation reduction by manufacturing processes for the U.S. Department of Energy. The objective of this pioneering work was to conduct an energy and facility analysis of the metal casting industry to determine the theoretical minimum, best practice, and actual energy usage for different metals and processes used in the metal casting industry. This study also listed the work practices used by the best performing facilities to provide practical guidance to the industry for energy and CO2 emission reductions. The study was published in 2004 by the U.S. DOE Industrial Technologies Program and is titled, "Theoretical/Best Practice Energy Use in Metalcasting Operations." KERAMIDA was selected by the U.S. DOE and conducted the study and wrote the peer-reviewed publication for U.S. DOE under subcontract to Advanced Technology Institute in 2003-2004 for a budget of $100,000.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the City of Cincinnati
KERAMIDA performed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory update for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio. The inventory was conducted using the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Clean Air & Climate Protection (CACP) 2009 software applied to energy use for the 2009 calendar year. The update included comparing 2009 community and government GHG inventories to the baseline year, 2006, and evaluating specific projects implemented to reduce GHG emissions, energy use and cost. The ICLEI protocol and CACP software were used to compare current year energy use and GHG emissions to the base year and to explain the differences with individual projects, national energy trends, or climate change effects on the City of Cincinnati. A summary of the results were published in the Climate Protection Action Plan (The Green Cincinnati Plan).
CO2 Emissions Reduction Strategy for a Major European Aluminum Producer
KERAMIDA performed a study for Indirect CO2 Emissions for a major aluminum producer and developed a winning CO2 emissions reduction strategy to successfully address the anticipated impact from the European Union’s CO2 regulations - Phase I (EU Emissions Trading Scheme Directive 2003/87/EC and resultant National Allocation Plans). The reduction strategy focused on the role of energy efficiency on indirect CO2 emissions and the assignment of benefits from the resultant CO2 credits. The study presented calculations of penalties resulting from CO2 emissions exceedances for each of the years of the regulatory implementation period. The study, furthermore, included an assessment of the legal framework for emissions trading at the International, European, and National levels.
Alternative Fuel Feasibility Studies for Cement Facilities
KERAMIDA assisted cement facilities in determining alternative fuel usage in their kiln. There are incentives for facilities, especially in California, to use bio-derived alternative fuels since emissions from the combustion of these fuels do not count towards the facility’s compliance obligation. A facility’s compliance obligation determines the amount of carbon credits that are needed to purchase. By combusting certain bio-based fuels, the emissions from this combustion does not need to be offset through the purchase of credits.
GHG Monitoring Plan and Procedures
KERAMIDA has provided services for:
Citizens Thermal Stationary Fuel Combustion
Citizen Gas Local Distribution Companies (GHG Supplier)
Knauf Glass Production Plants
Steel Dynamics Iron and Steel Production
Nucor Steel Iron and Steel Production
Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power Stationary Fuel Combustion
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Training
KERAMIDA has extensive experience providing companies with specific training on the potential and real impacts of greenhouse gas regulations and climate change legislation. The training is tailored to all levels of management from CEO and legal counsel to compliance and operations managers. KERAMIDA has also provided similar training to trade association groups on the specific impacts to their market sector.
Our GHG training has included:
Cummins U.S. Facilities Webinar
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister and Clients Webinar
Barnes & Thornburg and Clients Workshop
Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Workshop
Greenbaum, Doll & McDonald Workshop
Knauf Employee Training
Steel Dynamics U.S. Facilities Webinar
IMA Members Webinar
AFS Training Workshops
KERAMIDA is a member of The Climate Registry and has provided GHG services to many multi-facility industrial clients, national industrial associations, law firms, and state organizations.
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