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Webinar: Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories

We are kicking off the 2018-2019 West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum Webinar Series with a webinar on Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories (CBEI). Climate action leaders are increasingly considering consumption-based emissions in addition to production or activity-based emissions that have typically formed the basis of climate action planning. Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories attribute all global emissions to the ultimate end user, so that, in addition to transportation and housing, the supply chain emissions that occur throughout the lifecycle of goods, food, and services consumed in a jurisdiction are included. When these upstream emissions are made visible, communities can consider policies to reduce these emissions, such as reuse and repair or low-carbon building materials, or educate their residents about steps they can take to reduce their personal greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint.  


In this webinar, David Allaway of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality will present Oregon’s latest GHG inventory findings for 2015 which combines production and consumption emissions inventories. Together, consumption and production emissions inventories tell a more comprehensive story of the global GHG emissions that a community can reduce. David Burch of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will present a project they sponsored for UC Berkeley’s Cool Climate Network to complete a consumption-based emissions inventory for the 100+ cities and counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Moderator: Miya Kitahara is a program manager at StopWaste, working on material and energy efficiency. She supports Alameda County local governments with climate action planning, including helping them address consumption-based, upstream emissions related to goods and food. Miya has over a decade of experience in local government sustainability across the Bay Area and holds an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise and a BA in Social Psychology.


Panelist: David Allaway is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program. At DEQ, David leads projects related to sustainable consumption and production, materials (including waste) management, and greenhouse gases. In 2010, he helped to staff the Materials Management Committee of the Oregon Global Warming Commission’s “Roadmap to 2020” project. He also led efforts to develop and update Oregon’s consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventory and contributed to the ICLEI US greenhouse gas accounting protocols for communities and recycling. Before joining in 2000, David worked for 11 years in the solid waste consulting industry. A native of Oregon, David has a B.A. in physics from Carleton College, Minnesota.


Panelist: David Burch is a Principal Environmental Planner in the Climate Protection Section of the Planning Division at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Dave has been with the Air District since 1990, working in air quality planning, grant programs, transportation demand management, and a variety of special projects.  He was a lead author for the Bay Area 2017 Clean Air Plan, which lays out an integrated strategy to improve air quality, protect public health, and protect the climate. Dave worked with researchers at the UC Berkeley Cool Climate Network to develop a consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the San Francisco Bay Area which analyzes the variation in the GHG footprint among communities in the region. Dave has a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.