Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.07
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Nova Scotia Community College
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.35 / 3.00 Kirk Herman
Environmental Engineer
Facilities and Engineering
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :

A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:
Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse gas emissions are tracked for each campus and reported in NSCC's Annual Sustainability Report. The reported emissions are based on usage of fuel oil, natural gas, propane, and other fuels in stationary sources. Fuel consumption data is collected from fuel bills at each Campus, and compiled centrally into both a historical database stored locally, as well as uploaded to Energy Start Portfolio Manager's online platform.
The emissions also include mobile emissions generated by campus fleet vehicles. This report is made public on NSCC's sustainability web page:


Has the GHG emissions inventory been validated internally by personnel who are independent of the GHG accounting and reporting process and/or verified by an independent, external third party?:

A brief description of the GHG inventory verification process:
NSCC updates the greenhouse gas inventory every year with results published in the Annual Sustainability Report. Information is compiled by NSCC Central Facilities staff in liaison with NSCC campus staff from across the Province. Each year, NSCC's Manager of Physical Plant and Energy, Jim Farrell reviews the GHG inventory before its release in our Annual Sustainability Report.

In addition, this year members of NSCC's Applied Research Department (Wayne Grozko, Ph.D and associates) conducted an independent review of our GHG inventory methodology and audit of our historical GHG data. The review was comprehensive, including a comparison of our GHG accounting methodology to the Corporate GHG Accounting Protocol, as well as independent verification of data sources from various NSCC campuses. The GHG audit report will help NSCC Facilities and Engineering consider modifications to our GHG accounting process and plan additional elements for incorporation in the GHG inventory in future years.

Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 6,816.30 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 333.10 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
7,149.40 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 12,660.30 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Imported thermal energy 3,875.70 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
16,536 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
0 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Does the GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from the following sources?:
Yes or No Weight in MTCO2e
Business travel Yes 259.90 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Commuting Yes 17,876.25 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
Purchased goods and services No ---
Capital goods No ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 --- ---
Waste generated in operations No ---
Other sources Yes 97.59 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
18,233.74 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent

A brief description of how the institution accounted for its Scope 3 emissions:
For rental vehicles used for business travel, NSCC requested a GHG emissions summary of all rentals for FY 2018/19 directly from our rental agency.

Student and employee commuting data was collected through surveys to all staff and students on distance and method for commuting to NSCC.

NSCC now also tracks paper purchases and uses the methodology of the BC Ministry of Environment for quantifying associated GHG emissions based on post-consumer recycled content and weight of purchased paper product.

Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:

Annual weight of emissions for::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 35.01 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 45.04 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 1.57 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 0.41 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources Yes
Area sources No
Mobile sources No
Commuting No
Off-site electricity production No

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:
After investigating stationary equipment sources with significant air emissions, an analysis was also completed for all in-use equipment using fuel records. Emission calculations were based on AP-42 conversion factors for relevant pollutants. Metric tons of fuel oil, natural gas, and propane used were used to calculate corresponding air pollutant emissions.

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :

Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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