March/April 2015  
TCR Newsletter  
Earth Day is every day at TCR

Dear friends and colleagues, 


As I look through the various climate stories making headlines over the last few weeks, one thing is clear: it's going to be an action-packed run up to the next international climate conference in Paris in December.


The U.S. met the UN's March 31st deadline to submit its GHG reduction target post-2020. The target, first announced in November alongside China, is to reduce GHGs by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.


How will we achieve that target? President Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP), which aims to cut carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants, will be a sizeable part of the solution. But it is not without its share of legal challenges: two of the largest coal companies in the U.S., as well as 14 states have taken their case to the Supreme Court, contending that the U.S. EPA lacks the authority to issue the regulation under the Clean Air Act. Preliminary signals from the federal judges suggest that the case won't hold up in court, and that states will in fact be required to regulate their electricity sectors for carbon emissions and transition to cleaner forms of energy.


TCR is working with some of these states on mechanisms for compliance with the CPP, focusing particularly on energy efficiency. We look forward to sharing more on this soon.


Looking further afield, this week TCR Board member, Ontario, announced its intention to join Quebec and California in cap-and-trade. The announcement preceded a provincial climate summit, during which the provinces and territories discussed their contributions to Canada's response to climate change. While Ontario intends to hammer out the details after a round of extensive public consultation, their future participation means that more than 75% of Canadians will soon be living in provinces that have some form of carbon pricing.


As a global expert in GHG measurement, reporting and verification, and a proponent of action on climate change, we welcome this progress and are here to support our members and Board jurisdictions with a range of solutions. My guess is that the pre-Paris conversation is only just getting started.


My very best,


David Rosenheim

Executive Director 

Thank you to out-going Board Members 
Doug Scott and David Littell 

On behalf of our members and partners, we would like to thank Doug Scott and David Littell for their years of service as Registry Board Members. The founding vision of these two men has shaped TCR into the strong and growing organization that it is today. Over the years, Doug and Scott's stewardship of TCR has been marked by innovative ideas, strategic thinking, and, most valuable, their tireless efforts to increase the visibility of the organization.  We thank you for your contributions and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. 

TCR partners with the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge to save water and energy


TCR is proud to partner with the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC), an innovative, utility-funded initiative targeted at supporting building owners and managers in their efforts to implement cost-effective building performance upgrades to achieve 20 percent energy and water savings by 2020. The LABBC works as an unbiased guide to help businesses take advantage of locally available resources, rebates, and incentives, and to maximize the ROI of energy and water efficiency upgrades.

The Climate Registry is offering LABBC Partners a 10 percent discount on membership, which will allow these building owners to work toward their sustainability goals.




"There is great alignment between TCR's GHG reduction goals and our LABBC program focus on implementing building energy efficiency projects in LA," said LABBC Executive Director, David Hodgins, "We hope our LABBC Partners are able to collaborate with TCR and benefit from their comprehensive array of product offerings including GHG inventory tools."


Learn more about how the LABBC can help your business to take advantage of financial incentives for efficiency projects and help streamline the retrofitting process by emailing or visiting

Water-Energy GHG guidance workshops for Southern California Edison business customers


TCR recently conducted a research study of all available GHG accounting and verification methods related to the water-energy nexus in California to help Southern California Edison (SCE) business customers to accurately determine the GHGs associated with energy embedded in water.


Register for the upcoming workshops to discuss the 

Water-Energy GHG Technical Brief.


Tuesday, May 5, 10am-12pm, PST

West Basin Municipal Water District

Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility

El Segundo, CA


Discussion topics will include an overview and discussion of the Water-Energy GHG Guidance, a recap of previous workshop discussions, and a general Q&A session.

To attend via webinar, register HERE.  If you would like to attend in person, RSVP to via email to by May 1.
For those attending the meeting in-person, there will be refreshments and a brief networking session beginning at 9:30am. 

Additional workshops can be found on our EVENTS CALENDAR.

Register HERE

Financing large scale energy efficiency projects does not need to be a hurdle. Our panel of experts will discuss alternative solutions, emphasizing how to get the immediate savings you need and the large scale improvements you want. 


  • Bob Hinkle, Metrus Energy
  • Bruce Schlein, Citi Group
  • Cedric Benton, Southern California Edison 

This webinar is part of the ClimatEEfficient webinar series for Cool Planet participants.


2015 Cool Planet Award Nomination Deadline: 
May 15th
Southern California Edison (SCE) & The Climate Registry are pleased to announce the 2015 Cool Planet Award. This annual award recognizes the valuable contribution of SCE business customers who demonstrate exemplary leadership in energy and carbon management within their business size and industry sector. 
All Cool Planet Award recipients and runners-up will be recognized at the SCE Cool Planet Award Ceremony held in the fall of 2015 at a special destination location within SCE territory. All nominees and respective SCE Account Managers will be invited to attend the award ceremony.
All nomination forms must be submitted by May 15th.
The Climate Registry invites you to join 
key climate and carbon market experts at 
Navigating the American Carbon World 2015

As North America's largest carbon conference, Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on carbon markets and climate policy, excellent networking opportunities for carbon professionals, and outstanding resources for achieving success in a carbon-constrained economy. Hosted by the Climate Action Reserve, NACW brings together preeminent experts from government, environment, academia, and business to share insights on how to transform our economy and address global climate change.

We are pleased to offer a registration discount for members of The Climate Registry. Corporations will receive a $100 discount and NGOs, academic institutions and government agencies will receive a $50 discount. Discounts apply to regular and late registration rates. Email Annie Hoeksma  at The Climate Registry to obtain your discount code.
2015 updates for emission factors 
and global warming potentials

We are continuously working to make sure that we provide the most accurate and complete information for greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting. We have recently posted 2015 emission factors to our website and updated CRIS 4.0 to include global warming potentials (GWPs) from the International Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). 


Default emission factors can change over time as the components of energy (e.g. electricity, fuel, etc.) change and as emission factor quantification methods are refined. We update our emission factors on an annual basis to reflect the most up-to-date knowledge. We released the most current version of the default emissions factors, 2015 Climate Registry Default Emission Factors, on April 9, 2015. Table 14.4 Non-North American Emission Factors for Electricity Generation was updated to include 2012 defaults on April 9, 2015.

What is the California Climate Credit?

California homeowners, have you noticed a reduction in your electricity bill this month? That's the California Climate Credit - your share of the money earned through California's cap and trade law, AB32. This credit will appear automatically on your utility bills in April/May and October/November, and monthly for most small businesses.


Spending this credit on even small-scale energy efficiency upgrades around your home will help you see even more savings. Head to to learn more ways to spend small and save big - they've hunted down a list of simple products that can make a big impact, and cost about that same as one climate credit will save on your utility bill.

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