Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Municipalities
Reference: Hørsholm Municipality
How do you decide what needs to be included in an emission inventory to make a valuable foundation for climate action?
Viegand Maagøe has carried out a greenhouse gas inventory for the municipality of Hørsholm as documentation for being a sustainable municipality. Furthermore, the inventory provided the municipality with a catalogue of potential initiatives that can reduce their GHG emissions.
How we completed the assignment
The municipality of Hørsholm wanted a GHG emission inventory for reporting to The Danish Society for Nature Conservation as they have agreed to be more sustainable. We established the appropriate boundary for the inventory – electricity, heating, transport, and machines.
We collected data from public utilities and different municipal departments and made calculations hereof to present the data in a comprehensive manner for the inventory.
Among other things, we collected data about:
- Electricity and heat usage in schools, day-care institutions, and other municipal buildings
- Fuel usage from vehicles and machinery owned by the municipality and travel expenses from employees which were converted into GHG emissions.
Furthermore, we helped communicate the results of the emission inventory to the politicians in a brief summary – and we presented the results to the citizens through the municipality’s website.
The GHG emission inventory ensured correct reporting to The Danish Society for Nature Conservation. We also created a catalogue of potential initiatives that can help reduce their GHG emissions.
The GHG inventory provided the municipality of Hørsholm with an overview of their status on how they are achieving their intended yearly reductions. It also provided insights as to where the municipality can directly or indirectly affect its emissions.