Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - July 12, 2021
Reno Tracks Carbon Emissions in Real Time
The City of Reno is teaming up with Washoe County and The State of Nevada to enable real-time energy and emissions tracking.
Software startup Ledger8760 is providing the carbon mapping technology. Already employed in the private sector, the software will record real-time energy and emissions from various state buildings and track progress against emission reduction targets outlined in the Paris Agreement and mirrored in Nevada state law. Using this data, the state, city, and county plan to identify key areas of energy efficiency, track emissions reduction efforts, and inform new environmental initiatives.
“Nevada is a global leader in renewable energy, and we will now be a leader on how governments around the world track and reduce their carbon emissions to meet the goals set in the Paris Climate Accord,” Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said in a statement. “This innovative technology can help us to accurately measure and track our carbon emissions in order to work to reduce them. As we continue to battle drought, diminishing water supplies and wildfires across the West, we are reminded daily of how critical our fight is to slow climate change. If we can accurately measure our impact in real-time, we can more efficiently reduce our carbon output. This is how we fight climate change and protect our state.”
The City of Reno is the first city in the country to undertake this real-time carbon tracking established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.