2018-19 Forum Webinar Series - Recordings and Files

2018-19 Webinar recordings and files:

 
Topic Date Speakers Files

Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories, Part 2: New Tools for Identifying and Prioritizing Emission Reduction Measures

March 5, 2019

Chris Jones, CoolClimate Network; Derik Broekhof, Stockholm Environment Institute; Moderator, Babe O'Sullivan, Oregon DEQ

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, Part 1

October 2, 2018

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

 

2018-19 Webinar Summaries:

 

Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories, Part 2: New Tools for Identifying and Prioritizing Emission Reduction Measures 

Tuesday, March 5th from 10:00 – 11:30am (PST): This is the second webinar is a series focused on consumption-based emissions inventories and what they reveal about new opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Part 1 (October 2, 2018) featured findings from recent inventories completed for Oregon and the San Francisco Bay Area. This webinar will focus on new analytical tools and approaches to help cities assess local policies and programs aimed at reducing consumption-based emissions. 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, in addition to transportation and  housing, the supply chain emissions that occur throughout the lifecycle of goods, food, and services consumed in a jurisdiction are included. In this webinar, Derik Broekhoff with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) will present a new online toolkit developed for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance designed to help cities identify and prioritize local actions to reduce consumption-based emissions. Chris Jones with the CoolClimate Network will present Carbon Footprint Planning Tools and Scenarios developed for California cities. Both approaches give communities new tools for designing appropriate climate action strategies to reduce the carbon impacts of consumption.

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, Part 1 

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.