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Environmental Performance Table

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Environmental Performance Table

    Environmental Stewardship Program

    Environmental Performance Table

The Environmental Performance Table (EPT) contains the set of environmental indicators and

    measurement units that ESP applicants and members use as the basis for creating environmental

    performance commitments.

    Organization and terminology

    The EPT is organized into a hierarchy of groupings:

    ? Life-cycle stages reflect where in the life cycle of a facility’s process a specific

    environmental impact occurs. The upstream stage contains those environmental impacts

    that occur before a facility’s processes begin. Indicators within this stage’s categories

    describe the environmental characteristics of the materials that you purchase from your

    suppliers or the environmental improvements that you caused in your suppliers’

    environmental performance. The input stage encompasses the impacts from resources

    (materials, energy, and water) that are added to processes at your facility. The non-

    product output stage includes the impacts from the outputs of your facility’s processes,

    except for product and product-related materials such as packaging. The downstream

    stage includes the impacts from your facility’s activities and decisions that occur after

    your processes. Indicators within this stage address the environmental characteristics of

    your products.

    ? Categories are groups of indicators related to a specific environmental impact.

    ? Indicators are the specific measurements of individual impacts that can be used to track

    and demonstrate improvement in that area. Each indicator is accompanied by one or more

    measurement units that may be used as the basis of reporting performance with respect

    to the specific indicator.

    Selection Considerations

    When developing your set of environmental performance commitments, please follow these

    criteria for selection, measurement, and reporting:

    a. Select commitments from a minimum of two different categories, with a maximum of

    two indicators per category.

    b. Use the indicators and the measurement units provided in this table. These indicators and

    measurements were chosen because they are common to widely-used reporting protocols.

    Additionally, standardized measures allow ESP to report on the progress of ESP

    participants as a group.

    c. All commitments should reflect facility-wide measurements. For example, while a

    facility may focus its efforts to reduce solvent usage on one particular process, the

    reported measurement should be of the solvent’s usage across the entire facility. Facility-

    wide measurements demonstrate that the facility is aware of its performance for this

    indicator across all of its activities and is therefore in the best position to identify the

    greatest opportunities to improve on this indicator. Facility-wide measurements also

    provide necessary context for the public.

    d. If the EPT includes the parenthetical “(total or specific),” you may choose to focus your

    commitment on a specific subset of that indicator. For example, for VOCs, you might

    choose to report on all (the total amount of) VOC emissions at your facility, or you might

    instead choose to report only on ethane. If the “total or specific” option is not noted for

    the particular indicator, then please provide total amounts.

    e. If you select an indicator that is currently regulated, then your commitment must go

    beyond regulatory requirements.

    f. As a general rule, commitments should relate to the life cycle of the facility’s products or

    services. (The facility’s administration, utilities, and grounds are considered part of this

    life cycle.) Some indicators do allow for projects that are outside of the facility’s normal

    operations, i.e., indicators in the Land and Habitat category. A facility’s set of

    commitments is limited to one commitment that is not related to the life cycle of its

    products or services.

    g. Ensure that there is no redundancy (“double-counting”) among the indicators that you

    have selected. In other words, avoid including the same performance information in more

    than one measurement. For example:

    ? If you make a commitment to reduce materials use and are considering the

    possibility of a commitment to reduce solid waste, please determine whether the

    materials being considered for reduction are a significant component of the solid

    waste stream. If so, any reductions in the use of the material will result in

    reductions in solid waste, thus leading to double-counting. In that case, please

    avoid the selection of the solid waste commitment in favor of another

    environmental category.

    ? If you make a commitment to reduce Total Materials Use, it would be redundant

    to also make a commitment to reduce a specific material.

    ? Since greenhouse gas emissions are largely the result of energy choices, in most

    cases the selection of commitments to reduce energy use and to reduce

    greenhouse gases would lead to double-counting.

    Abbreviations. The following abbreviations are used in the table:

    Btu = British thermal units MMBtu = Million metric British thermal units

    BOD = Biological oxygen demand MPN = Most probable number CFC = Chlorofluorocarbons MTCOE = Metric tons of CO equivalents 22CFU = Colony forming units MWh = Megawatt hours CO = Carbon monoxide N = Nitrogen COD = Chemical oxygen demand NOx = Nitrous oxides dBA = Decibels adjusted to measure human P = Phosphorus

     response to sound PM = Particulate matter GHG = Greenhouse gases SOx = Sulfur oxides kWh = Kilowatt hours VOC = Volatile organic compounds

    Category Indicator Units

    Stage: Upstream

    Recycled content (Total or specific) Pounds, tons Material Procurement Hazardous/toxic components (Total or specific) Pounds, tons Suppliers' Any relevant indicators from the Inputs or As specified for the particular Environmental Nonproduct Outputs stages indicator Performance

    Stage: Inputs

    Materials used (Total or specific) Pounds, tons

    Hazardous materials used (Total or specific) Pounds, tons Material Use Ozone depleting substances used (Total or CFC-11 equivalent tons, CFC-11

    specific) equivalent pounds

    Total packaging materials used Pounds, tons Water Use Total water used Gallons

    Total (non-transportation) energy use by fuel type kWh/MWh or Btu/MMBtu Energy Use Transportation energy use (Total or specific) kWh/MWh, gallons, cubic feet

    Land and habitat conservation Square feet, acres Land and Habitat Community land revitalization Square feet, acres

    Stage: Nonproduct Outputs

    Total GHGs MTCO2E

     VOCs (Total or specific) Pounds, tons

     NOx Pounds, tons SOx Pounds, tons PM2.5 Pounds, tons Air Emissions PM10 Pounds, tons CO Pounds, tons Air toxics (Total or specific) Pounds, tons Odor European Odour Units

    Radiation Curies, Becquerels Air Emissions

    Dust Pounds, tons

    COD Pounds, tons

    BOD Pounds, tons

    Toxics (Total or specific) Pounds, tons Discharges to Water Total suspended solids Pounds, tons

    Nutrients (Total or specific) Pounds, tons of Total N or P

    Sediment from runoff Pounds, tons

    Pathogens (Total or specific) MPN/ml, CFU/ml

    Non-hazardous waste generation, broken down Pounds, tons by management method (Total or specific) Waste Hazardous waste generation, broken down by Pounds, tons management method (Total or specific)

    Noise Noise dBA Vibration Vibration Inches per second

    Stage: Downstream

    Expected lifetime energy use (Total or specific) kWh/MWh or Btu/MMBtu

    Expected lifetime water use (Total or specific) Gallons

    Expected lifetime waste (to air, water, land) from Products Pounds, tons product use (Total or specific)

    Waste to air, water, land from disposal or Pounds, tons recovery (Total or specific)

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