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Governor’s Carbon Challenge: Maine’s Voluntary GHG Reduction Program Dr. Jonathan Raab, Raab Associates Ltd. June 15, 2006
Major Elements • In 2003, Maine’s Climate Change law, 38 M.R.S.A., § 575, directs the DEP to develop agreements with businesses and non-profit organizations to reduce GHG emissions “voluntarily.” • Participants sign an agreement and submit annual progress reports. (The reports include progress to date, reduction methods, activity production index, and future plans for reduction.) • DEP is available to provide assistance throughout the entire process.
Major Elements (Continued) • Participants, with the DEP’s help, use their first year in the program to calculate their base year emissions (1990 or first full year of available data). Once the participant has a full year of calculated data, the participant reports, beginning in January and annually thereafter, the actual emissions calculated from the prior year. • According to Maine, average voluntary reductions target is approximately 10%.
Governor’s Carbon Challenge Participants Businesses (34) Baldwin Apple Ladders Accent Dry Cleaner Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) Commercial Paving Eastern Maine Medical Center Fairchild Semiconductor Hannaford (20 Stores) Homeowners GCC Interface Fabrics Irving Convenience Stores Lamey-Whellehan Laughing Stock Farm Lee Toyota Lee Chevy Lyman Morse Boatbuilders Maine Energy Investment Corps Maple Hill Farm B&B National Semiconductor NorDx Oakhurst Dairy Poland Spring Water Portland Press Herald Pratt and Whitney Reny’s Safe Handling, Inc. ( Auburn) Sea-Ward on the Ocean Front Sea Coast Management Company Swett Street LLC Washboard Laundry West Gardiner Beef Wright-Ryan Construction York Hospital ZF Lemforder
Governor’s Carbon Challenge Participants State, Towns & Municipalities (9) Augusta Water & Sanitary District City of Gardiner City of Hallowell City of Portland City of Saco Maine General Health Maine State Housing Authority Town of Camden State of Maine
Governor’s Carbon Challenge Participants Schools/Colleges (7) Bowdoin College Colby College College of the Atlantic Unity College University of Maine-Orono University of New England University of Southern Maine
Governor’s Carbon Challenge Participants Non-Profits/Other (4) American Lung Association, Maine Chewonki Foundation Natural Resource Council of Maine Winthrop Congregational Church
Carbon Emissions Reduction Commitment & Goal: This document signifies the signatory’s intent to reduce carbon emissions by a target amount of _____% by 2010. The reduction is calculated in reference to the participant’s 1990 (or first full year of available data) emissions baseline. Of this reduction:a) _____% will be direct emissions (those that occur as a direct result of the action, and occur at the same time and place as the action, e.g. chemical substitution) and;b) _____% will be indirect (those that occur at a later time or at a distance from the place where the action takes place, and are reasonably characterized as a consequence of the proposed action, e.g. energy conservation).The participant commits to publicly report on progress towards the goal and to share their experience with others wanting to reduce their own emissions.
IV. Inventory: The participant agrees to conduct an inventory of all of the direct and indirect carbon emission sources and types of emissions from facility operations during the first year of this agreement. V. Calculating Emissions: The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will help calculate the Carbon emissions from the participant’s activities when provided with the proper information. From that information, a 1990 (or first full year of available data) baseline for carbon emissions will be established.
VI. Reporting: The participant will report each January on the prior year’s carbon emissions (once the participant has a full year of data). Each carbon emission source inventoried by the participant will be tracked separately until the end of this agreement in Reports will include progress to date, reduction methods, and future plans for reduction. Participants currently reporting direct emissions in accordance with Maine’s Air Emissions Statements rule, 06-096 CMR 137, will not be required to submit duplicate information. Facilities reporting under the Toxic and Hazardous Waste Reduction Program (THWRP) can choose to submit carbon emission reduction data on their THWRP progress reports. Reports to a recognized registrar also may be submitted.
VII. Terms: This agreement is in effect until December 31, 2010. Either party to this Agreement may terminate this participation in the Voluntary Carbon Emissions Reduction Program with 30-days notice to the other party.
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Process-related Emission Sources Indirect Emission Sources (required) Base YearReport Year Purchased Steam Purchased Electricity Who is your electricity supplier? __________________________________ Do you purchase "green" electricity? _____________ If "yes", what "product are you purchasing?________________________