Connected Trackers

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Comprised of one ‘source’ and multiple ‘followers’, connected trackers allow for one activity ledger to drive multiple trackers. Instead of entering the same data multiple times, this feature allows for one entry in a source tracker to automatically populate all associated follower trackers' ledgers.

One application of connected trackers is using one office area number to estimate emissions from a variety of activities. For example, a company could create a source tracker (eg. “Kuala Lumpur Office”), and connect follower trackers to it (eg. “Kuala Lumpur Electricity,” “Kuala Natural Gas”). When facility area activity data is entered into “Kuala Lumpur Office”, the ledgers of all followers are automatically updated with this same activity data. The followers then point to a resource to calculate emissions.

Setting Up Connected Trackers

Connected trackers can be enabled by request on an account-by-account basis. To configure them, start by building a source tracker. This is where activity data will be maintained and from where all associated follower trackers will pull data. On the Add New Tracker page, select ‘source’ under ‘Tracker Type’ and then select periodic recordkeeping to define a recording interval or leave it as a-periodic.

Next, define values for Activity Data Type and Recording Units. These will limit which resources are available to followers.

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Then, define Advanced Settings as desired. Selections made here will apply to each of the source’s followers, with the exception of the Brought Online and Retired dates, for which a unique date can be assigned to a follower. Typically, connected trackers are set to Averaging and Ongoing: Screen_Shot_2020-10-12_at_1.15.05_PM.png

Save the source tracker and then create its followers.

Follower trackers, unlike sources, point to a specific resource from a resource library. When choosing a resource, selections are constrained by the Activity Unit Type selected in the corresponding source tracker. Activity Unit Type must be the same between the source tracker, the follower tracker and the follower’s resource.

Source vs. Follower Trackers

This table delineates the differences between each tracker type by comparing how they relate to each Scope 5 category:

Tracker Setting

Source Trackers

Follower Trackers

Activity Ledger

Ledger stores raw activity data

Ledger driven by its source; no unique activity data

Data Maintenance

Requires data maintenance

No maintenance; automatically updated by its source

Activity Data Processing Attributes

Temporal aggregation and accruing method set in source

Inherited from source

Periodicity

Set in source

Inherited from source

Resources

No resource

Points to a specific resource from a resource library to describe an activity

Recording Units

Set activity data type and recording units

Recording units must be compatible between the source tracker and the follower's resource. Once a resource is selected, recording units are copied from the source tracker.

Outlier Detection

Set in source

Inherited from source

 

Brought Online Date

 

Set in source

Inherited from source unless specified in follower. Followers can have later brought online dates than their sources but not earlier ones.

 

Retire Date

 

Set in source

Inherited from source unless specified in follower. Followers can have earlier retire dates than their sources but not later ones.

Cost Tracking

Can be enabled in sources using the ‘direct entry with each record’ method. Has no effect on follower trackers.

Not possible for followers

Alerts Side Nav

Only source and standard trackers show. Recall that followers do not have their own activity data.

Not shown

Tracker Health Bar

Not shown

Only followers display to show the extent of effects on the account. All alerts direct back to the appropriate source to correct errors.

 

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