Considerations to Ensure the Accuracy of Annual Emissions Reporting (NPRI/GHG/TRA/CHEMTRAC)

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The annual emissions reporting due dates are no longer exactly around the corner but it is close enough to start making preparations.

All environmental consultants agree that one thing that needs to be taken care of most importantly, is the accuracy of the information you collect and provide in the report. With the complexity of this topic, with differing reporting thresholds, comes a certain amount of difficulty, which in turn results in certain things being overlooked.

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Needless to say, that incorrect assessment may result in compliance issues, and/or higher costs.

Our environmental consulting specialists offer four main factors to keep in mind that will ensure the accuracy of your reporting and save you money and effort.

1. Ammonia Emissions

This area can be tricky because of the tendency to use the incorrect emissions factor from the combustion of fuel by basing it on the wrong control device for the equipment.

There are two main types of devices;

  • Internal combustion Engines, and
  • External combustion – Boilers

Ammonia emissions are characterized by the control device used. There is more to it than this but we won’t go into too much technical detail in order to cover more ground. If you need more information, our environmental consulting specialists are here to assist.

2. Report Exempt Compounds and Activities

It is as important to exclude exempt compounds and activities as it is to include the ones that do need to go in the report. Including emissions info on an exempt compound will result in unnecessary effort (and therefore cost).

Here’s a partial list of such compounds and activities:

  • Architectural coatings that weren’t part of the production process
  • Compounds that form part of unaltered articles
    exploration for oil or gas, or the drilling of oil or gas wells
  • Education or training of students (for example, universities, colleges and schools) (NPRI Parts 1-3 substances).

Most environmental consultants can provide a full and detailed list of those upon request.

3. Use Source Test Results

While it is more convenient to use default emission factors, source test results are far more accurate if taken correctly. If you decide to go this way, keep in mind that sampling needs to be designed appropriately.

Discuss this with your environmental consulting firm to get the details and prepare for this. In our experience, however, it is well worth the time and effort.

4. Use Facility Specific Data

Similarly to the previous case, it is always preferable to use facility specific sample information in your report. Yes, default emission factors are also acceptable and are easier to use. However, collecting facility specific information, while more complex, is also far more accurate and is likely to reduce your emissions numbers drastically.

For more information, hand-on assistance with preparing your annual emissions report or other environmental consulting advice, feel free to contact us or visit our website