Tools for Developing an Inventory and Tracking and Reporting Emissions
- Summary Form for Inventory Reporting and Goal Tracking (MS Excel, 1 p, 217K)
- EPA provides an IMP checklist (MS Word, 3 pp, 31K) that includes the elements for completing a high-quality, corporate entity-wide inventory.
The Climate Leaders reporting requirements were designed to provide credibility and promote continuous improvement in corporate emissions accounting procedures. Companies may continue to utilize these tools to track corporate emissions.
- Annual GHG Inventory Summary and Goal Tracking Form (MS Excel, 1 p, 352K). This file contains macros that improve the usability of the form. In order to take full advantage of the enhanced features on this form you must enable the macros when opening the file in Excel.
This form describes emissions in terms of total CO2-equivalent at a corporate level, broken out by emission source type—core direct (e.g., stationary combustion, process, mobile sources), core indirect (e.g., electricity or steam purchases), and optional (e.g., employee commuting, business travel, or product transport)—for both domestic and international sources. The form also includes historical totals, a performance indicator (if applicable) that is used to track progress toward a reduction goal, data on reduction sources such as offset projects (e.g., sequestration) and green power or renewable energy certificate (REC) purchases.
- Inventory Management Plan
An Inventory Management Plan (IMP) describes a company’s process for completing a high-quality, corporate-wide inventory. Companies use an IMP to institutionalize a process for collecting, calculating, and maintaining greenhouse gas (GHG) data. Small businesses may use the Simplified Inventory Management Plan (MS Word, 14 pp, 305K) when developing their GHG inventories. EPA provides an IMP checklist (MS Word, 3 pp, 31K) that includes the elements of a high-quality IMP. Companies may choose to have a single IMP document that addresses all of the elements that go into developing their corporate inventory, or they might have an equivalent collection of procedures and other relevant information.
The seven major sections of an IMP are:
- Company Information: company name, address, and inventory contact information
- Boundary Conditions: organizational and operational boundary descriptions
- Emissions Quantification: quantification methodologies and emission factors
- Data Management: data sources, collection process, and quality assurance
- Base Year: base year adjustments for structural and methodology changes
- Management Tools: roles and responsibilities, training, and file maintenance
- Auditing & Verification: auditing, management review, and corrective action
Several sample IMPs are available. Please note that these are examples and that each IMP will be specific to each company.