Tag Archives: GHG verification

The importance of equipment nameplates in enhancing transparency in climate reporting

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I am excited to host my first technical committee meeting on IEC 60335-2-40. It is in technical committees such as these where the initial steps for manufacturers are made before finally casting  into steel the claims for their equipment. Often these claims contains information on the greenhouse gas emissions from the equipment during operations based on test and performance validation results.

I  guess I have issued over a hundred audit findings related to equipment nameplates. Nonconformities ranging from content mismatch with environmental permits to physical damage to the nameplate during routine maintenance (painting, etching or losing its entirety).

With climate change as a pressing issue of global importance, I believe that its also high time for us to give a high regard for equipment nameplates. Who reads nameplates anyway?

GHG verifiers are trained to read equipment nameplates with an assumption that the nameplate rating is the best record of measure of the performance of the equipment. However, nameplate ratings are still estimates based on the accuracy and precision of the performance validation tests and a certain degree of uncertainty is still involved in the nameplate rating. Moreover, a weak test validation system can allow manufacturers to make false claims, to the point of permanently etching it on the nameplate, but global good practice and intense conformity assessments make this practice outright dishonesty.

Every now and then, I would randomly look into appliance nameplates more than the other marks such as marketing stickers or even regulatory labels. Nameplates are a good ballpark estimate of the carbon footprint of the equipment.

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An opportunity is an opportunity

Due to incomplete documentation, my scholarship applications have been unsuccessful, maybe going back to the academe is not my thing. Every time I direct my attention to become an academic, or teaching per se, a minor lapse or glitch always prevents me from further pursuit of that line of work.

I already gained my masters degree more than five years ago and the five years lull have been quite a disadvantage in moving towards a doctorate.  Though that door had closed, I guess a greater opportunity is in place on my part in terms of focusing and polishing my technical skills in GHG verification.

Similarly, I had such an experience in my initial forays into EMS auditing, EIA preparation and any specialized skill I have gained for the past 13 years.  I may feel some jitters and I would initially start questioning my competence, but I guess that makes me a normal person, I have encountered a few who pretend to know a lot, when in fact, they are just as hollow as rotten logs. I would rather be humble and prove myself worthy.

Teaching would have been a lot easier, but whatever force or lets say Higher Power is pushing me towards this highly specialized field…maybe it is for my good, but  that good is quite, hmmm difficult, analyzing that much data could give me such a headache.  Well, at times I would imagine myself working for a non-profit organization or just sitting in an office supporting HSE stuff….but current opportunities are in places where I have to be in fire retardant personal protective equipment…maybe the hazard pay is good, but is it for the good of mankind?

An opportunity is an opportunity, sometimes you have to go through certain paths, though difficult is essential for your growth, teaching is an easy path…but I guess I may be needed somewhere else.

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Lines lines lines

I think my views are becoming a bit too hard line recently. I started this blog for fun, yes I admit, with a bit of frustration  but I have no intention into making this publication into a hard line propaganda movement.

I have participated in my second GHG verification activity for this year. Still as an audit observer, but at the least I do believe my competence is being developed for such requirement. My participation in the Agriculture sector was more active since I am already familiar with the scope of activities but with Oil and Gas sector, I guess I am still learning the ropes.

I guess I have still a lot to learn in my chosen field. It is quite disappointing though that the field I have chosen is so advanced for someone like me living where I am now. It is too complicated and advanced that no one around me understands what I do. Rather than try to understand something that is “profitable” in the future, they would just make a mockery out of it, particularly my close family members.

Is that a local cultural trait? Make fun of something we don’t understand and never really improve in the long rung resulting in stagnation?

It just creates further lines on my face….

 

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Invest in renewable energy

Invest in renewable energy

I made this banner way back in 2010, before I left the methane to markets project and saying goodbye to my anaerobic biodigester friends.  The phase of development is really slow, renewable energy projects are running at a turtle’s phase here in the Philippines, though I am getting my monthly salary and getting some opportunities to be trained in GHG verification, there seems to be no great impact renewable energy have in policy-making.

The Renewable Energy Act has been around for quite some time yet the impact is not much, now the Philippines is facing an energy crisis where areas within the country face rotating black-outs which could have been prevented by developing small-scale renewable energy projects.   I do miss being a part of a project implementing renewable energy initiatives, even something as small as putting up a small microscale digester in a small farm.  If only such initiatives were replicated similar to what has been done in Vietnam and Cambodia, we won’t have to rely on diesel-powered generators or even power barges that run on carbon emitting fossil fuels.

There is so much opportunity but we just could not see it because… I don’t know… I just don’t understand the policy scenario why opportunities are being missed and our environmental initiatives are just simply for show and not for return on investments.

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April 6, 2012 · 11:09 am