Benchmarking Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Staff: Erickson, P. ; Lazarus, M. ; Ross & Associates Environmental Consulting Ltd.; Öko Institut
Date: 2010
Client/Funder: Washington Department of Ecology; Energy Foundation

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: In 2009, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire issued an executive order for the state Department of Ecology to develop greenhouse gas (GHG) benchmarks for the industrial sector. SEI conducted the first phase of research under the Department of Ecology's efforts – investigating issues and options for benchmarking industrial GHG emissions, including possible benchmarking methods, data sources, and policy approaches. The research culminated in a white paper on industrial GHG benchmarking. The project also involved convening a benchmarking symposium, in coordination with the Western Climate Initiative, which was attended by over 100 representatives from industry and state and national government. Ross & Associates Environmental Consulting Ltd. and the German consultancy Öko Institut assisted by contributing to the stakeholder outreach and technical research, respectively.

Related Publication(s):
Issues and Options for Benchmarking Industrial GHG Emissions