The City of Reno, Washoe County, and the State of Nevada will be working with the Reno-based carbon tracking company – Ledger8760 – to track energy and emissions data in real-time.
The real-time carbon mapping technology will be in line with the standards set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and will provide a reliable baseline of carbon emission data. Ledger8760 will collect live energy and emissions data on an hourly, daily, and monthly basis from all public facilities in the city of Reno and Washoe County, as well as from various state facilities.
“Up until this point, organisations have had limited access to a data set of their emissions and energy usage, and they haven’t been able to see the full picture,” commented Adam Kramer, CEO of Ledger8760. “Through the data sets tracked with Ledger8760, leaders and stakeholders can now have a single dashboard with a full visualisation of their energy and emissions output, along with the related costs, across their organisation that will be both accurate and actionable.”
The project will consolidate direct emissions data reports gathered from driving and electric grid-related emissions and from indirect emissions off the grid. It is expected that better data will help inform proactive policies in choosing the best ways to reduce emissions and work towards the reduction targets outlined internally and in the Paris Agreement on climate change. Such actions could include retrofitting buildings, expanding electric vehicle fleets, developing more solar energy, and adding additional renewable generation. Along with these actions, the region hopes to see more jobs created in energy and adjacent industries, such as solar installations, building upgrades, and green manufacturing.
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said: “The first phase of the project will provide the City of Reno with an accurate baseline of our emissions in a form that complies with IPCC reporting, establishing the City of Reno as a leader in meeting the transparency aspirations of the Accords. The ongoing, real-time data analysis will capture successes to demonstrate the City of Reno’s progress over time toward its mitigation climate goals, while also identifying data-driven practices and opportunities to accelerate its mitigation effort.”