Evaluate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Profile Using Renewable Energy in Buildings
After assessing the potential for agency size changes, a Federal agency should evaluate its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profile using renewable energy in buildings.
When using renewable energy in buildings, the approach for evaluating GHG emissions involves evaluating the renewable energy resource potential and determining what type of renewable energy technology to use in a building.
To help determine renewable energy resource potential at a site, see FEMP's information on Renewable Energy Resource Maps and Screening Tools. Also see Renewable Energy Project Planning and Implementation.
The emissions reduction potential of a renewable energy project depends on the amount of fossil fuel consumption that is being displaced. In some cases it may not make sense to install renewable energy projects at some sites within an agency's portfolio for reasons of resource availability, energy costs, lack of space, etc. In these cases where a technology solution is not viable, agencies can purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) to lower their GHG emissions. RECs are discussed in the next step.
After evaluating the emissions profile, the next step when planning to use renewable energy in buildings for GHG mitigation is to evaluate GHG reduction strategies using renewable energy in buildings.
- Step 1
Assess Agency Size Changes
- Step 2
Evaluate Emissions Profile
- Step 3
Evaluate Reduction Strategies
- Step 4
Estimate Implementation Costs
- Step 5
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