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Fw: Info request: GHG tools for manufacturers


I thought those interested in the discussion would appreciate David Flora's response here in the region


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Re: Info request:  GHG tools for manufacturers


EPA and its partners have developed several tools to help individuals
and organizations determine the greenhouse (GHG) impact of their
purchasing, manufacturing, and waste management actions. Several of
these tools are based on EPA research on emission factors, as reported
in Solid Waste Management and Greenhouse Gases: A Life-Cycle Assessment
of Emissions and Sinks and associated reports.

Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool. The ReCon Tool was developed to assist
companies and individuals in estimating the life-cycle GHG and energy
impacts of purchasing or manufacturing certain materials; it also
calculates the GHG and energy benefits of increasing the recycled
content of specific materials. The ReCon Tool was last updated August,

WAste Reduction Model (WARM). WARM was developed to assist solid waste
managers in determining the GHG impacts of their waste management
practices. WARM compares GHG and energy impacts of landfilling,
recycling, incineration, composting, and source reduction. WARM was last
updated August, 2006.

Durable Goods Calculator (DGC).The DGC was developed for individuals and
companies who want to make informed decisions regarding the GHG and
energy impact they will have by disposing of durable household goods; it
also calculates the GHG and energy benefits of increasing the recycling
rates of goods that are disposed. The Durable Goods Calculator was last
updated August, 2006.

Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. (Embedded image moved to file:
pic13067.gif)Exit EPA DisclaimerThis calculator, developed by the U.S.
Climate Technology Cooperation, expresses quantities of GHGs in terms of
metrics such as number of cars, gallons of gasoline, acres of forest,
etc. This calculator is useful for expressing GHG reductions or
emissions in a way that is easier to comprehend.

NRC Environmental Benefits Calculator. (Embedded image moved to file:
pic04952.gif)Exit EPA Disclaimer(Note: NRC Members Only) The National
Recycling Coalition's Environmental Benefits Calculator helps determine
the GHG and energy benefits of current waste disposal practices. Users
enter data on the amount of various waste materials they landfill,
recycle, and incinerate, and the tool calculates how that waste disposal
scenario compares with one in which all waste is landfilled. The tool
reports the benefits in terms of GHGs and other air emissions, energy
use, quantity of oil and gas consumed, waterborne wastes, and other
metrics. Results are also displayed according to economic sector and
life-cycle stage, and automatically-generated charts and graphs provide
an illustrated view of the results. This versatile tool can be used by
businesses, universities, and government agencies, and may be useful in
demonstrating the benefits of recycling programs.

NERC Environmental Benefits Calculator. (Embedded image moved to file:
pic16211.gif)Exit EPA DisclaimerThe Northeast Recycling Council's (NERC)
Environmental Benefits Calculator is a free tool for states, counties,
municipalities, schools, businesses, and institutions to measure the
environmental benefits from their recycling efforts. NERC’s Calculator
measures these benefits in terms of savings in air emissions, energy
use, quantity of oil and gas consumed, cars off the road, household
energy use, waterborne pollutants and other metrics. In addition, NERC’s
Calculator measures the energy savings from reusing or recycling
computers. NERC also provides Fact Sheets to use with the calculator
results for marketing and outreach purposes.

David Flora
Solid Waste Program Manager
U.S. EPA Region 7
901 N. 5th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101

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