Sceptre International Group News | Carbon neutral Calculating Carbon Emissions For Facilities Using Refrigerants

Under federal and state environmental laws, commercial facilities with refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) systems or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are required to report carbon emissions in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

Calculating carbon emissions involves monitoring, collecting data and performing in-depth reporting of CO2 sources. Having commercial facilities manage carbon emissions is one way to stabilize global warming. Since refrigerant systems are linked to emitting high levels of greenhouse gases, the EPA has implemented mandatory guidelines to track their usage.

Under the EPA’s Climate Registry Protocol, calculating carbon emissions must be conducted regularly. International requirements for calculating carbon emissions have also been established under the Montreal Protocol and Kyoto Protocol. The goal is to reduce the harmful effects that refrigerant gas has on the environment.

Commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) systems or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems operate on refrigerant gas, which is made up of hydrochlorofluorocarbons, chlorofluorocarbons and perfluorocarbons. When broken down, these substances contain carbon, chlorine, fluorine and hydrogen. These gases are major ozone depleting substances. By calculating carbon emissions, government environmental agencies will be able to better understand the situation. Companies who fail to report their carbon emissions will be issued a substantial fine.

Calculating carbon emissions is detailed in protocols released by the EPA, ISO, World Resource Institute and Climate Registry. The regulations explain how to collect, organize, calculate and report carbon emissions from refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) systems or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The mandatory reporting is necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some volume of carbon is released into the environment by any company with a refrigerant system.

Trying to determine how much carbon is emitted is an intricate process. Calculating carbon emissions begins by collecting data across the entire company and all its locations and identifying the gases. From there, a determination on how much of each gas is released must be made. Then various reports that include tracking methods need to be completed and submitted. Refrigerant management programs can best handle the tedious process of calculating carbon emissions.

With so many components involved, a computerized refrigerant management program is much more effective than manually handling and reviewing paper reports. A refrigerant management program that includes a Refrigerant Tracker and a Carbon Calculator was developed by Verisae at www.verisae.com to easily handle calculating carbon emissions for all AC/HVAC systems operated by a company. By calculating carbon emissions, companies provide the EPA with the necessary means for pinpointing the major sources of greenhouse gases. Tracking the amount of gases released into the environment will lead to the development of better measures for reducing carbon emissions. This benefits everyone with improved air quality.

Refrigerant management programs are important to the success of the compliance effort aimed at calculating carbon emissions. All-inclusive programs, like the one offered by Verisae at www.verisae.com, centrally manages carbon dioxide gas emissions, even for facilities with multiple locations. As a result, companies gain a better understanding of their carbon footprint and can implement measures to reduce carbon emissions.

Sceptre Group Limited is a specialist investment firm focused in low carbon financial investments such as sustainable biofuel plantations, agricultural farmland and green technologies.  For more information on Carbon Credits & Carbon Credit Trading, please visit Sceptre International Group’s website at www.sceptreinternational.com.

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