Rules of the Game
Here are the key principles that guide Regional Sustainability Initiative targets.
|Rule # 1||All your organizational space in the Region of Waterloo is included in your environmental inventories.|
|Rule # 2||You have 4 years to make your E-Score public or set a greenhouse gas, waste, or water reduction target.
|Rule # 3||You must report your emissions annually. We allow the purchase of carbon offsets1 and REC’s2 as long as they account for no more than 49% of your reduction, with not more than 10% being from outside Canada. Targets may be absolute3 or intensity4 based. You can learn more about offsets here|
|Rule # 4||For each 10 year target, the baseline can be set up to 3 years before joining the Regional Sustainability Initiative.
|Rule # 5||For greenhouse gas emissions, organizations must report use Scopes 15 and 26. Scope 37 emissions are optional.|
- Carbon offsets – present the act of reducing, avoiding, destroying or sequestering the equivalent of a ton of greenhouse gas in one place to “offset” an emission taking place somewhere else.
- Renewable Energy Credits – represent one megawatt hour (MWh) of energy generated from a clean, renewable source, such as wind, solar, hydro, or certain types of renewable biomass.
- Absolute – Absolute greenhouse gas emission reduction is defined as a total reduction emission over a time period (ie. 40% reduction below 2010 levels by 2010)
- Intensity – Intensity greenhouse gas emission reduction is defined as a reduction of emissions based on a specific activity (ie,. Square foot of building, number full-time equivalent employees)
- Scope 1 Emissions – all greenhouse gas emissions resulting from direct sources owned or controlled by the member ie: natural gas and fleet
- Scope 2 Emissions – all greenhouse gas emissions resulting indirect sources of purchased electricity.
- Scope 3 Emissions – indirect greenhouse gas emissions, such as the extraction and production of purchased materials and fuels, transport-related activities in vehicles not owned or controlled by the organization and other outsourced activities.