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LEED v2009
Existing Building Operations
Energy and Atmosphere
Emissions Reduction Reporting

LEED CREDIT

EBOM-2009 EAc6: Emissions Reduction Reporting 1 point

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Intent

To document the emissions reduction benefits of building efficiency measures.

Requirements

Identify building performance parameters that reduce conventional energy use and emissions, quantify those reductions and report them to a formal tracking program:

Track and record emissions reductions delivered by energy efficiency, renewable energy and other building emissions reduction measures, including reductions from the purchase of renewable energy credits or carbon offsets.

Report emissions reductions using one of the following:

  • A third-party voluntary reporting or certification program such as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders, ENERGY STAR, the Carbon Disclosure Project or World Resources Institute / World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WRI/WBCSD) protocols
  • International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14064-1:2006 Greenhouse gases, Part 1, Specification, with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals
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If my project is using Energy Star Portfolio Manager to benchmark my building, are the emissions reported within Portfolio Manager considered reported "through formal participation in a third-party voluntary reporting or certification program,” as required by the credit? 

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Intent

To document the emissions reduction benefits of building efficiency measures.

Requirements

Identify building performance parameters that reduce conventional energy use and emissions, quantify those reductions and report them to a formal tracking program:

Track and record emissions reductions delivered by energy efficiency, renewable energy and other building emissions reduction measures, including reductions from the purchase of renewable energy credits or carbon offsets.

Report emissions reductions using one of the following:

  • A third-party voluntary reporting or certification program such as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders, ENERGY STAR, the Carbon Disclosure Project or World Resources Institute / World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WRI/WBCSD) protocols
  • International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14064-1:2006 Greenhouse gases, Part 1, Specification, with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals

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If my project is using Energy Star Portfolio Manager to benchmark my building, are the emissions reported within Portfolio Manager considered reported "through formal participation in a third-party voluntary reporting or certification program,” as required by the credit? 

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What is the best way to demonstrate energy efficiency initiatives that have been implemented at the building and the corresponding amount of emissions reductions?

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My project is located outside of the U.S.—can I still document this credit using Energy Star Portfolio Manager?

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Are projects eligible for this credit if they are purchasing renewable energy credits that offset 100% of the annual energy consumption?

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LEEDuser expert

Ashwini Arun

WSP
Sustainability Manager

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