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Plan Portfolio-Wide Emissions Reduction With New Framework

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 03, 2023

Actionable pathways to emissions reduction are key to accelerating decarbonization across the U.S. economy. Through the Better Climate Challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a Framework for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Planning to help organizations develop and navigate the process of achieving deep emissions reduction targets across their portfolios.

The first detailed framework, for Commercial Buildings, is the result of a working group comprised of more than 60 Better Climate Challenge partners and stakeholders. This Framework for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Planning provides extensive guidance for developing actionable plans for emissions reduction. The framework encourages organizations to prioritize measures that reduce emissions without the use of carbon offsets, aligning with the targets set within the challenge.

As a companion document to the framework, the GHG Emissions Reduction Audit: A Checklist for Owners details a process for a building-level emissions reduction audit for operational Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions. The Checklist helps owners specify an audit that defines achievable emission reductions through energy efficiency, electrification, fugitive emissions reduction, and the addition of onsite renewable energy.

This framework applies to Industrial facilities as well.  The detailed framework for portfolios of manufacturing and/or industrial facilities will be released in early April 2023.

Learn more about the framework here, and watch the webinar to hear about major milestones in the emissions reduction planning process.

About the Better Climate Challenge

The Better Climate Challenge invites organizations of all sizes and sectors to commit to reducing GHG emissions (scope 1 & 2) by at least 50% within 10 years. Interested in learning more and joining? Visit the Better Climate Challenge homepage.