SELECT PAST PROJECTS
GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY FOR AN ENERGY STORAGE COMPANY
To satisfy investors, Achieve Sustainability Inc. was retained by a company in the energy storage industry to conduct a baseline greenhouse gas inventory for their U.S. operations. Following the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard and Scope 2 Guidance, the greenhouse gas inventory was completed. The inventory indicated which activities were responsible for the highest emissions, permitting the client to prioritize emission reductions in the future. We are currently assisting the client with Scope 3 (i.e., transportation) emissions quantification.
THIRD PARTY REVIEW OF FOOD COMPANY NET ZERO PLAN*
A third party review of a net zero plan for a small local food company was conducted for a national non-profit as part of their pilot study on barriers to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's) reaching net zero. Advice was provided on how to strengthen the plan, including improvements to the emissions forecast and emission reductions opportunities summary. Costs were estimated for the suggested emission reduction recommendations to prioritize actions.
WHY SMES SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT CLIMATE RISK*
Carol was an invited speaker for the ClimateWise Business Network on
Why SMEs Should Be Thinking About Climate Risk.
The webinar covered how climate change impacts small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs}, including infrastructure damage and business continuity and supply chain disruptions. Recent regulations related to climate risk disclosure and the TCFD disclosure recommendations were discussed. The talk concluded with some actions SMEs can take to build resilience to climate risks, such as having backup power, supplier redundancy, and considering additional insurance.
REVIEW OF QUANTIS SCOPE 3 ESTIMATION TOOL*
For a non-profit, the Quantis Scope 3 Estimation Tool for value chain emissions was reviewed to assess which activity categories were likely to be most important for SME manufacturers. Category 1 (Purchased Goods and Services) and Category 11 (Use of Sold Products) were identified as potential GHG emission hotspots, where data collection could be prioritized.
FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR FOUNDRY WASTE MANAGEMENT*
A feasibility study of four options to manage an on-site landfill containing foundry sand waste was completed. Waste re-use at a nearby concrete facility was evaluated and recommended, which saved the foundry from decommissioning the on-site landfill and allowed them to avoid waste disposal fees. Furthermore, the receiving facility saved on raw materials for their process- the circular economy in action!
CORPORATE CLIMATE CHANGE RISK ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK FOR GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA*
A corporate climate change risk assessment framework was developed for the Government of Alberta (GoA) to help them manage the climate-related risks to their programs. The project involved the development of climate change risk assessment and adaptation measure prioritization frameworks. The frameworks were piloted using field crops as a focus area. Climate impacts to field crops and how these impacts would affect GoA programs and policies were assessed for 2030 and 2050 timeframes. Recommendations for integrating climate risks and adaptation measures into corporate decision-making and the current enterprise risk management systems were made. The project involved several workshops, on-line surveys, and small group engagements, bringing together staff from several departments and building capacity to conduct future risk assessments.
PHYSICAL CLIMATE CHANGE RISK ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP, CANECT 2018 AND 2019*
Carol served as an invited workshop trainer on climate change risk assessments, including the basics of climate science, the use of climate models and scenario analysis, and risk assessment in the context of emergency preparedness. Participants consisted primarily of industrial facility EH&S managers.
CANADIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (CBA) - ONLINE SYMPOSIUM: PLANNING, ADAPTATION AND DISCLOSURE IN AN ERA OF CLIMATE CHANGE*
Carol served as an invited presenter on physical climate risk assessment for due diligence, adaptation planning, and disclosures for a CBA Online Symposium. Participants included environmental lawyers receiving continuing education credits.
TRAINING - CLIMATE RISK ASSESSMENT AND RESILIENCY FOR REMEDIATION SYSTEMS*
A training program was developed and delivered to contaminated site managers. Carol served as a lead trainer for the program, which included a summary of basic climate change and climate change risk assessment concepts, use of the PIEVC Protocol for assessing remediation systems, a case study, and recommendations for increasing system resiliency. Course participants rated the training 4.5 out of 5.
CLIMATE DUE DILIGENCE FOR PROPOSED LNG FACILITY*
The potential exposure to present-day and future climate hazards for a proposed LNG facility to inform a potential acquisition was assessed. The assessment identified several climate hazards that could impact the successful functioning of the proposed facility including the phenomenon of Atmospheric Rivers, which can lead to flooding, and the potential for wild fire.
CARBON PRICING PROGRAM SUPPORT*
A client was advised on voluntarily opting into the Alberta Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) program instead being subject to the federal fuel charges under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. The project included review of GHG emission data for stationary, onsite mobile, and industrial processes at the facility level and assessed compliance costs under both federal and provincial carbon pricing programs and identified substantial savings for opting into the TIER program.
*Starred projects are ones that Carol Aziz led or participated in at organizations prior to founding Achieve Sustainability Inc.