2018-19 Forum Webinar Series - Recordings and Files

2018-19 Webinar recordings and files:

Topic Date Speakers Files

Popular Material Attributes: How Well Do They Actually Predict Environmental Benefits? 

November 29, 2018

David Allaway, Peter Canepa, Oregon DEQ; Moderator, Karen Cook, Alameda County, CA

Consumption Based Emission Inventories

October 2, 2018

David Allaway, Oregon DEQ; David Burch, Bay Area Air Quality Management District


2018-19 Webinar Summaries:

Popular Material Attributes: How Well Do They Actually Predict Environmental Benefits? 

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 10-11:30 am (PST): Businesses, policy-makers, and the general public often rely on simple attributes to inform material selection. These attributes – such as “recyclable” or “compostable” – are widely assumed to result in reductions in environmental impacts. But how valid are these assumptions? The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently asked that question and was surprised to discover very little systematic assessment of them. So it commissioned a study – the results of which are being published this fall – that reviewed the last 18 years of global research into the environmental impacts of packaging and food service items with and without four popular attributes: recycled content, recyclable, bio-based, and compostable. Collectively, the literature identified the relative environmental impacts for thousands of comparisons, from which some important trends emerge that should inform product design, procurement, and waste management programs. 

Consumption Based Emission Inventories

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 10:00-11:30 am (PST): Climate action leaders are increasingly considering consumption-based emissions in addition to production or activity-based emissions that have typically formed the basis of climate action planning. Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories attribute all global emissions to the ultimate end user, so that the supply chain emissions that occur throughout the lifecycle of goods, food, and services consumed in a jurisdiction are included. When these upstream emissions are made visible, communities can consider policies to reduce these emissions. Together, consumption and production emissions inventories tell a more comprehensive story of the global GHG emissions that a community can reduce. David Allaway of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality will present Oregon’s latest GHG inventory findings for 2015 which combines production and consumption emissions inventories. David Burch of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will present a project they sponsored for UC Berkeley’s Cool Climate Network to complete a consumption-based emissions inventory for the 100+ cities and counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.