Climate Change Responses - C8 Energy

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C8.1 What percentage of your total operational spend in the reporting year was on energy?

In order to respond to this question, you will need figures for both your Total Operational Spend and for the Total Energy Spend. Scope 5 can provide the Total Energy Spend if you have been tracking all costs of energy related activity in Scope 5. Assuming you have been doing so, here's how to get the total energy spend:

  1. From the top level of the Node Navigator, select Distribution Reports.
  2. Click Add a New Report.
  3. In the tracker selection pane, chose the appropriate consolidation method under the Control Boundaries filter.
  4. In the tracker selection pane:
    • Under the Resource Types filter box, choose ElectricityMobile Combustion and Stationary Combustion. If Heat, Steam or Cooling are used by your organization, select those as well (assuming your resource libraries are organized by these categories.
    • Under the GHG Scopes tracker filter box, select Scope-1 and Scope-2.
  5. Enter the first and last days of the reporting year in the Start Date and End Date fields, respectively.
  6. Under Data Columns, select Cost for the first select box.
  7. All other select boxes in the Report Columns section should be set to - none -.
  8. In the Display Options section, set Primary Grouping to - None - and Secondary Grouping to Resource Type.
  9. Name and title the report as appropriate (in the Labeling section), then click Generate Report.
  10. Be sure to verify that there are no unexpected exclusions.
  11. Results will be presented in a separate row for each activity type.
  12. The total energy spend, shown at the bottom of the report, is the sum of the costs from the Electricity row, the Stationary Combustion row and the Mobile Combustion row. 
    • If your account is configured with different resource types, you will need to decide which resource (or activity) types should be included in energy spend and which should not. 
    • If your account is configured with different resource types and there is no obvious way to decide whether one or another resource type should or should not be included in energy spend, you may have to run a report by Resource rather than Resource Type (change the Secondary Grouping in step 8). This will give you a finer grain breakdown of costs by activity so that you can then decide which contribute to energy spend and which do not. Please contact us for help.
  13. Before extracting any cost numbers from the summary rows of the report, click the Expand All link just above the report table in the right corner. This will fully expand the table so that you can verify that each tracker has a non-zero value in the cost column. If one or more trackers show a blank or zero in the cost column, then either cost is not being tracked for that resource or the resource tracked by that tracker is free. This may mean that the resulting total energy spend is incomplete.

C8.2a Report your organization's energy consumption totals (excluding feedstocks) in MWh.

In order to respond to this question, you will need to be tracking energy for all relevant activities (see C8.1 for a discussion of which activities are relevant). Electricity activity is always measured in units of energy and will therefore automatically track energy. However, the resources used to track fuels will need to have an energy conversion factor defined in order to track energy. If these are not defined in a standard resource you’re using, contact us and we’ll get them for you.

Note: If your organization consumes energy from renewable sources, consider tagging every energy-type tracker as either Renewable or Non-renewable. Then, generate two reports to answer this question: one report for the renewable sources and one report for the non-renewable sources. For each report, follow the instructions as described for C8.2a, but in the tracker selection pane (step 4), add an additional filter under Tags for either Renewable or Non-renewable, depending on the report you're generating, and change the Primary Grouping from None to Tag Group: Renewable vs. Non-Renewable. Please contact us for further help.

  1. Follow steps 1-5 above in C8.1. 
  2. Under Data Columns, select Energy for the first select box.
  3. All other select boxes in the Report Columns section should be set to - none -.
  4. In the Display Options section, set Primary Grouping to None and Secondary Grouping to Resource Type.
  5. Name and title the report as appropriate (in the Labeling section), then click Generate Report.
  6. Be sure to verify that there are no unexpected exclusions.
  7. Results will be presented in a separate row for each activity type. In a typical account configuration, activity types will include: ElectricityStationary CombustionMobile Combustion and possibly Fugitive Emissions. Your account configuration may differ. 
  8. In the typical account example, the results for the different Resource Types from the Scope 5 report will map to the responses for the questions as follows:
    • Stationary Combustion + Mobile Combustion => Fuel (the first row in the table of C8.2a)
    • Electricity => Electricity (the second row in the table of C8.2a)
    • If your organization purchases heat, steam and cooling (rows 3-5 in the table of C8.2a), consider defining a custom resource type of Purchased Cooling, Purchased Heat or Purchased Steam when you configure your resources. As a result, when you follow the steps above to generate a report for energy grouped by Resource Type, you will get a separate row for each of these and will be able to extract the numbers required for C8.2a directly from your Scope 5 report. Alternatively, you can use tags to create a tag group called (for example) Energy Category and then tags for each of the CDP energy categories from C8.2a. You can then configure your report to group by the Energy Category tag group and the results will map directly to the CDP energy categories.
    • If your organization consumes self-generated, non-fuel renewable energy (row 6 in the table of C8.2a), consider organizing custom resources of this type under a category titled Self-generated, Non-fuel Renewable Energy so that when you follow the steps listed above, energy consumption of this type will be listed separately (in the same fashion as Stationary Combustion, Mobile Combustion and Electricity).
  9. If your account is atypical, there may be no obvious mapping from Resource Type to the categories defined for C8.2a. In this case, you may have to run a report by Resource rather than Resource Type (change the Secondary Grouping). This will give you a finer grain breakdown of energy by activity. You can then decide how each of these map to the categories defined for C8.2a. You'll then have to sum the energy results for each group of resource types outside of Scope 5.
  10. Before extracting any energy numbers from the summary rows of the report, click the Expand All link just above the report table in the right corner. This will fully expand the table so that you can verify that each tracker has a non-zero value in the energy column. If one or more trackers show a blank or zero in the energy column, then either energy is not being tracked for that resource or the resource tracked by that tracker has no energy impact. This may mean that the resulting total energy number is incomplete.
  11. Copy the energy totals from the Scope 5 report(s) to the MWh from renewable sources and MWh from non-renewable sources columns in the CDP table as appropriate (see header for details). If your organization consumes both renewable and non-renewable energy, sum the totals in each column outside of Scope 5 and enter that value into the Total MWh column of the table. 

C8.2c State how much fuel in MWh your organization has consumed (excluding feedstocks) by fuel type.

This question requires breaking down the response for the Fuel category total from C8.2a by individual fuel types.

  1. From the top level of the Node Navigator, select Distribution Reports.
  2. Click Add a New Report.
  3. In the tracker selection pane:
    • Under the Resource Types filter box, choose Mobile Combustion and Stationary Combustion.
    • Under the GHG Scopes tracker filter box, select Scope-1.
  4. Enter the first and last days of the reporting year in the Start Date and End Date fields, respectively.
  5. Under Data Columns, select Energy for the first select box.
  6. All other select boxes in the Report Columns section should be set to - none -.
  7. In the Display Options section, set Primary Grouping to - None - and Secondary Grouping to Resource.
  8. Check the Include Audit Trail checkbox 
  9. Name and title the report as appropriate (in the Labeling section), then click Generate Report.
  10. Be sure to verify that there are no unexpected exclusions.
  11. Results show energy (in MWh) by individual fuel type for Mobile Combustion and Stationary Combustion trackers.
  12. Again, before extracting any energy numbers from the summary rows of the report, click the Expand All link just above the report table in the right corner. This will fully expand the table so that you can verify that each tracker has a non-zero value in the energy column. If one or more trackers show a blank or zero in the energy column, then either energy is not being tracked for that resource or the resource tracked by that tracker has no energy impact. This may mean that the resulting total energy number is incomplete.
  13. Use the total energy value for each fuel as your answer to Total MWh consumed by the organization (the third column in the table of C8.2c).
  14. To answer the next five columns of the table - which ask you to differentiate how each fuel was used - consider using tags. You could create one tag for each of the columns in this question (Fuel for self-generation of electricity, Fuel for self-generation of heat, Fuel for self-generation of steam, Fuel for self-generation of cooling and Fuel for self-cogeneration or self-trigeneration). Then, rerun the report several times using the steps described above, but in step 3, add an additional tracker filter under the Tags filter box each of your custom tags within the tag group, one at a time. When the report is re-run, only your trackers that track fuel use for the particular selected tag will be included, and the total MWh for this category can be extracted directly from the Scope 5 report.
  15. Note that the CDP states in its guidance: "Make sure that you do not enter data for the actual electricity generated from these fuels. This table is for the consumption of the fuels themselves and aims to capture the energy content of the initial fuel used, not the energy content of the electricity generated from these fuels." Following the Scope 5 steps described above will yield the energy content of the fuels used to generate electricity, not the total electricity generated.
  16. To obtain the emission factors associated to each fuel type, click on Expand all and then on the Calculator icon by the Resource Names. (If you do not see the Calculator icon, please make sure that you checked "Include Audit Trail" before generating the report.) 
    Under the Conversions to Impact Metrics (emissions factors) section, you will find a link to the resource used for the conversions. Scope 5 standard libraries contain the Source for the emission factors used, e.g.: 2011 Climate Registry Default Emission Factors - Released January 14, 2011; Table 13.1

     

C8.2d Provide details on the electricity, heat, steam, and cooling your organization has generated and consumed in the reporting year. 

If your organization generates and consumes electricity, heat, steam and/or cooling, we recommend setting up a custom tag group to answer this question (as discussed in our general guidance). Please contact us for assistance.

C8.2e Provide details on the electricity, heat, steam, and/or cooling amounts that were accounted for at a low-carbon emission factor in the market-based Scope 2 figure reported in C6.3.

If your organization generates and consumes electricity, heat, steam and/or cooling that should be accounted for with a low-carbon emission factor, we recommend setting up a custom tag group to answer this question (as discussed in our general guidance). Please contact us for assistance.

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