What is a Greenhouse Gas Inventory?

Greenhouse Gas Inventories are special measurements created by scientists for the purpose of designing and tracking atmospheric models; simulations which allow us to monitor and predict environmental changes on Earth.

Greenhouse Gas Inventories are a specific kind of Emissions Inventory. Emissions inventories are classifications and measurements of the various harmful compounds and substances released into the atmosphere by the works of man: pollution from industries, automobiles, chemicals, fires and aerosols to name a few.

Environmental scientists review emissions inventories when tracking the atmospheric health of our planet as well as in presentations to governments, independent research groups and the public. These inventories are also used in creating and amending environmental policies and laws.

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What Do Greenhouse Gas Inventories Measure?

Greenhouse Gas Inventories are primarily concerned with developing and relaying a complete picture of the release of pollutants known to be damaging to the Ozone layer, the Earth's protective atmospheric shield against harmful cosmic radiation. The information contained in such an inventory usually answers the journalistic standard questions of who, what, where, when and how. Who is producing the most pollutants? What are the chemicals compounds being released and how do they impact the atmosphere and environment? For how long have they been generated and how do industries typically employ them?

Gathering such information into a coherent report allows policy makers, scientists and conservationists to have informed debates and arguments on the material at hand and the next best step to take for the sake of preserving the Earth.

Such policy developments often lead to legal obligations on the part of Industries. For example, a rubber manufacturing plant may be required by law to report its emissions levels over time in order to monitor its contribution to atmospheric change or global warming. Violators of environmental policies may be subject to harsh penalties, fines or even desist orders.

What Are the ISO 14064 and Why Do They Matter?

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The ISO 14064 represent the most recent entry in a collection of globally adopted environmental policy standards which guide and advise countries and industries in the development and maintenance of sound environmental procedures. They are focused on elevating diverse global players onto a single plane of expectations and environmental consciousness. These standards are aimed at assisting in the reduction of environmental harm caused by humankind.