Emissions sources overview

Emissions source

  • An emissions source consists of a group of records detailing a shared origin and quantity of greenhouse gases.
  • Assigning a type(commodity) to an emissions source and setting a scope category and GHG factor to it will allow any child records to inherit these attributes. The defaults can be overridden when needed.
  • In combination with the emissions source type (commodity) it defines the default scope category and GHG factor for new records.
  • You can also set emissions source defaults for all emissions sources of the same commodity. This can help you automate your process when adding new emissions sources.
  • When you subscribe to UtilityManagement you can link to a UtilityManagement meter.
    • This generates emissions data from utility bills.
    • You can view emissions data for buildings and organizations in UtilityManagement.
  • Can be grouped into collections.

Create a new emissions source

You can create an emissions source with the Create button or in the Collections module.

In the Emissions Sources module, use the Actions menu and select New Emissions Source

Complete the form to create a new emissions source.

  1. Enter a name.
  2. Accept the code given or update the code to match your organization's structure.
  3. Choose the type or create a new one.
  4. Choose the parent collection for this emissions source.
  5. Choose the default scope category and GHG factor. At the record level you can change these settings if needed. Access to scope 3 categories requires a subscription to CarbonHub Premium.
  6. Add notes to help other users understand why this emissions source was created. You can use hashtags to group your emissions sources. You can use hashtags in searches similar to a custom filter.
  7. Adding location is suggested for any emissions source using the electric type (commodity). If location is applied, the appropriate eGrid factors are automatically selected for your electric emissions source.

    When you subscribe to both applications location is inherited from the meter, you won't see the address information until the emissions source is linked to the meter.


Create multiple emissions sources with a spreadsheet

If you need to create many emissions sources you can use a spreadsheet. You can link multiple emissions sources to UtilityManagement meters using this spreadsheet.

Link meters to an emissions source

When you subscribe to EnergyCAP UtilityManagement you can link a meter to an emissions source.

Find your emissions source in the hierarchy and use the Actions menu to link a meter or manage the linked the meter.

View and edit emissions source

You can view the emissions source details with the Actions menu. You also have the option to update the status of the emissions source. 

Inactive emissions source

  • Do not appear in the hierarchy.
  • Cannot have records added to them.
  • Any existing record information is reported on.

As you make changes to your hierarchy, you can set outdated emissions sources as inactive. This lets you update your tree but maintain historical reporting. Inactive emissions sources do count towards your total licensed items. Contact support to update your subscription.

Assign a record to an emissions source

A record is the foundation of your GHG reporting, it stores emissions information (detailing the origin and quantity) as well as the method (use, cost, direct/offset) you are using to calculate greenhouse gas output.

You can add records to emissions sources by selecting the emissions source in the tree in the left panel or by clicking on the Actions menu from any records list.