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Calculating Avoided Emissions With CarbonCount 2.0

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June, 2023

First developed in 2013 by the climate investment firm HASI, CarbonCount is a decision tool that evaluates investments in U.S.-based carbon-free energy, energy efficiency, and climate resilience projects to determine how efficiently they reduce CO2 equivalent emissions per $1,000 of investment. CarbonCount scores reflect a quantitative impact assessment of the avoided emissions of a project by integrating forward-looking project assumptions, emissions factors, and capital investment.

HASI recently released a new and improved CarbonCount 2.0 to give a more precise assessment of avoided emissions via newly available locational marginal emissions (LME) factors that reflect the grid composition specific to each project's location at the time of generation.

CarbonCount can be used by:

  • Sustainability-focused investors to assess and compare opportunities for quantifiable carbon impact
  • Clean energy developers to site projects for maximum carbon impact
  • Corporate clean energy buyers to ensure that the projects with which they contract more accurately mitigate the carbon impact of their consumption
  • Policymakers to spur the regulations and infrastructure required to achieve net zero targets
  • All sustainability stakeholders to detect and prevent greenwashing and hold all of us accountable for our quantified emissions impact

Download the CarbonCount 2.0 white paper today!

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