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Greenest City In Action : Setting Greenhouse Gas Targets for Mills Office Productivity Jaques, Cecilia


The following recommendations propose greenhouse gas reduction targets for Mills Office Productivity and were developed in accordance with “The Greenhouse Gas Protocol”. Sector specific carbon reduction strategies for the vehicle fleet at Mills were obtained primarily through expert interview and case study analysis. The central conclusions offered by this research study are as follows: 1.0 The Greenhouse Gas Protocol created by The World Forum on Sustainable Development in conjunction with The World Resource Institute has been assessed as the best framework available for setting greenhouse gas reduction targets. Conclusions drawn form GHG protocol: 1.1: 2-Year target: 10 % below 2012 levels per million dollars of revenue 1.2: 5-Year target: 25 % below 2012 levels per million dollars of revenue 2.0 Because Mills Office Productivity is currently experiencing rapid growth, the target type most suitable to their operations is an intensity target. 2.1 The business metric most appropriate to an intensity target at Mills is net revenue, per million dollars earned. 3.0 A multivariate approach to reducing emissions generated by transporting goods is the most effective way to reduce the carbon footprint of the delivery fleet. Classifications are as follows: 3.1 Operational Efficiency & Behavioral Change Actions include: Smart Driver Training, Anti-idling & Speed Limit policy, Driver Incentive Program, Monthly Fuel Use Report and End of Lifecycle Efficiency Commitments 3.2 Technological Change Actions Include: Installation of GPS and Diesel Oxidation Catalyst technology, fuel switching and vehicle conversions 3.3 Partnerships and Financial Resources Actions Include: E3 fleet certification, buyer-group, eco-fee and fuel savings reinvestment and local pilot projects

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