Proposed Fort Collins City Policy Concerning the Measurement of F-Gases

Posted on March 5, 2020

At the Fort Collins City Council meeting on March 3rd, the Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) proposed the following policy concerning the measurement of fluorinated gases, or F-gases. F-gases comprise a subset of “Industrial Processes and Product Use” (IPPU) emissions, and are powerful greenhouse gases. For more information on F-gas emissions for the City of Fort Collins, see the post titled “FCSG Statement on 2018 Fort Collins Climate Action Plan Results” dated December 15th, 2019, which appears further down on our homepage.

PRPA Staff Should Try Harder to Reach 100% Non-carbon Electricity

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on March 8, 2020

From where we stand, Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) staff should try harder than it has done so far to map a path toward the Utility’s goal of providing 100% non-carbon electricity to its owner communities by 2030. PRPA’s efforts to date fall considerably short of the mark.

FCSG Statement on 2018 Fort Collins Climate Action Plan Results

Updated on December 15, 2019

When the City of Fort Collins reports that community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are 14% below 2005 levels (1), there should be a big asterisk at the end of the sentence. That’s because the City does not include fluorinated gases, such as sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and perfluorocarbons (PFCs) in its GHG inventory. One company located in Fort Collins – Broadcom (formerly Avago Technologies) - emits huge quantities of these gases, mainly SF6. Astoundingly, Broadcom’s fluorinated gas emissions make it the largest single GHG emitter in the City (2).

Reflections on the Notion of Sustainability

Since its inception in 2005, the Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) has focused on local climate policy. More specifically, we have advocated for City initiatives that would both reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions and help our community adapt to climate change. For a detailed history of the work in which we have been engaged, see “The FCSG Story” here: http://fcsg.fccan.org/ObjectivesandGoals.

We subscribe to a notion of sustainability aligned with that set forth in the 1987 Brundtland Report, which states that “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” There are numerous examples of past societies that have functioned on a sustainable basis, including many of those in the Americas prior to European contact. However, we recognize that present generations are currently close to crossing at least eight planetary boundaries in addition to catastrophic climate change that would endanger future generations (1). Those other boundaries are:

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