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Climate Action

Climate Action

Acting quickly and decisively to address climate change will immediately benefit our communities and avoid some of the worst consequences of unchecked global warming for future generations. SC&A helps national, State, and local actors rise to the challenge posed by climate change. We help stakeholders and decision-makers identify opportunities that reduce dependency on fossil fuels while promoting healthier and more livable communities.

Examples of the climate change services we provide:

  • Climate action strategy and policy development
  • Risk and vulnerability assessments
  • Measuring, reporting, and verification (MRV) initiatives
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory development and forecasting
  • GHG reduction target setting
  • GHG mitigation measures development

Sample Projects

Climate Action Planning for the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan. SC&A led a stakeholder-driven climate action process for the City of Memphis and Shelby County. SC&A developed the community-wide GHG inventory for a 2016 base year with baseline forecasts to 2050 and then facilitated a climate action process with input from community, government, and private sector actors. The process culminated in the selection of 19 priority climate actions, focused on the transportation, energy, and waste sectors, that achieve greater energy efficiency, reduce GHG emissions, and generate local economic opportunities. SC&A estimated the GHG emission reduction potential and costs associated with each action and identified associated uncertainty and feasibility issues and other benefits and costs related to each action.

Performance of Expert Professional Emission Inventorying and Reduction Programs for Transportation Agency. SC&A supports the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in implementing a program to reduce its GHG emissions by 80% by the year 2050. Annually, SC&A conducts multi-modal transportation modeling of aircraft, marine vessel, road, and non-road sources. For more information, see the Port Authority’s Air Quality & GHG Emissions Reductions page.

ACA program logo Airport Verification Services Provider. SC&A helps airports participating in the Airports Council International – Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACI-ACA) program achieve their carbon management goals. SC&A provides verification services for commercial and general aviation airports. For more information, see this article on Airport Carbon Accreditation by SC&A’s Juan Maldonado.

Carbon-Footprint Assessments of Investment Portfolio. SC&A performs independent assessments of GHG emissions from projects supported by the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Typical industries include oil and gas producers, power plants, chemical plants, food processing, and manufacturing plants. See our 2012–2015 Emissions Inventory Reports on OPIC’s website.

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