Responses to Climate Change Program
Greenhouse Gas Accounting
Adaptation to climate change includes a special category: integrating adaptation and climate change mitigation activities. The release of Executive Order 13514 (Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance) in October 2009 required Federal agencies to account for their greenhouse gas emissions in a comprehensive manner, set long-term targets for emissions reductions, and other related activities. The USACE Sustainability and Energy Program has made substantial progress in setting and achieving goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions, energy conservation, and water conservation. It is clear that emissions reductions will impact project planning and construction as well as operations.
At the same time, the climate preparedness and resilience team has been studying the interrelationship of natural resources management and adaptation as laid out in the President's 2013 Climate Action Plan (pdf, 311 KB) and the 2014 White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Report Priority Agenda - Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources (pdf, 8.67 MB). These two documents, together with numerous interagency working groups operating under the White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, address a variety of issues about integrating adaptation and mitigation. Climate preparedness and resilience program staff have been studying these issues for several years to better understand their relation to the USACE Civil Works program. Once such effort is described below; others are under way.
Tools for a Rapid Assessment of Carbon Accumulation and Storage in USACE Civil Works Terrestrial and Aquatic Holdings
The Tools for a Rapid Assessment of Carbon Accumulation and Storage in USACE Civil Works Terrestrial and Aquatic Holdings project has produced a suite of tools using data from multiple sources to assess the existing stock and accumulation rates of carbon in the aquatic and terrestrial resources owned and managed by USACE. This project aligns to a key aspect of the Climate Preparedness and Resilience program, which is the integration of climate adaptation measures (reducing vulnerabilities and managing current and projected future climate impacts to water resources) with work on climate mitigation (reducing emissions and the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases, or GHG) to ensure that programs at USACE can be efficient and effective in both approaches.
This report (pdf, 2.25 MB) describes development of the Carbon Storage Information Portal and the data, methods, and assumptions of this work in an overview of the portal.
Reviewed 31 August 2016
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