FY2012, FY2013 and FY2014 Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Blue Grass Airport Runway 9-27 | Lexington, KY, US
Blue Grass Airport Runway 9-27 | Lexington, KY, US
ACE Temple Avenue Train Diversion (Grade Crossing Elimination) Project | Califo
ACE Temple Avenue Train Diversion (Grade Crossing Elimination) Project | California, US
I-275 Connector, FDOT | Florida, US
I-275 Connector, FDOT | Florida, US
U.S. Department of Transportation
Nationwide, USA

Developing an annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory provides multiple benefits. The inventory allows for the identification of the greatest sources of GHG emissions within an organization. This identification helps set goals and targets for future reductions, and tracks progress in reducing emissions and meeting other sustainability goals, such as energy and cost savings.

The overall goal of Executive Order (EO) 13514 is to optimize federal agency operations across the board for long-term GHG emissions reductions. EO 13514 requires every federal agency to measure, manage and reduce GHG emissions toward agency-defined targets. Benefits to the taxpayer include substantial energy savings, avoided costs from improved efficiency and other sustainability benefits.

We teamed with Helios Resources Ltd. to provide technical support to the USDOT and their 10 Operating Administrations (OAs) to develop comprehensive GHG Inventories for the FY2012, FY2013 and FY2014 reporting years in compliance with EO 13514. 

Our work included data collection from USDOT's 10 Operating Administrations (e.g., FAA, FHWA, etc.) and the Office of the Secretary, assessment of data for accuracy and completeness and rolling up of all data into one master inventory for the agency. The tasks included an expert review of the 2011 GHG Emissions Inventory, development of comprehensive GHG Emissions Inventories for FY2012, FY2013 and FY2014, submittal of the annual inventory through the FEMP GHG Inventory Portal, development of quality assurance processes and a compilation of information to contribute to the DOT's Annual Energy Report, Integrated Management Plan and Qualitative Content Report.

We also provided lessons learned and best practices for the development of future GHG inventories. Our project management and process documents were included in the final recommendations document to the USDOT and are being used to guide subsequent work for consistency and subsequent reduction in the effort required by the OAs to complete their yearly reporting commitment.