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PCR Credit 6: Energy Efficient and Low Emissions Operations

PCR Credit 6: Energy Efficient and Low Emissions Operations (1-2 points)

Reciprocal

Intent:

Reduce the environmental footprint of material recovery facilities (MRF) and organic processing operations

Local Government and Industry Requirements:

Demonstrate that the MRF and Organic Processing operations meet the following targets:

Tier 1: (1 Point)

●      Institute best practice dust control techniques

●      Reduce VOC emissions from active composting phase by 80 percent

●      For 50 percent of mobile equipment or 50 percent of total fuel consumption:

o   Utilize electric equipment, and/or

o   Utilize low-sulfur diesel fuel, and/or

o   Install catalytic and particulate pollution control devices, and/or

o   Utilize diesel engines certified as Low NOx (<0.02 g NOx/bhp-hr) by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). 

●      For 50 percent of onsite Processing Equipment:

o   Utilize electric equipment, and/or

o   Use ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel, and/or

o   Install catalytic and particulate pollution control devices, and/or

o   Utilize ILEV or ULEV diesel engines[1]

Tier 2: (1 Point)

●      Certify to the RIOS Standard.

Or

●      Without compromising health and safety, limit onsite Idle Time for facilities receiving:

o   Less than 100 tons per day: an average of 10 minutes

o   100-250 tons per day: an average of 15 minutes

o   Over 250 tons per day: an average of 20 minutes

Potential Strategies

●      Take measures to improve energy efficiency per ton of output (machines and buildings)

 

●      Procure energy efficient or alternative fueled mobile equipment (front-end loaders; forklifts; yard hustlers and other onsite hauling) vehicle emissions.

 

●      Procure low emission processing equipment with best available emissions control (e.g. windrow turning equipment + other).

 

●      Minimize emissions from collection vehicle queuing through idling policies and minimizing facility turnaround time.

 

●      Implement interior and site-level dust & litter suppression.

●      Employ odor control technology as warranted.

 

Methane & other emissions control for composting and anaerobic digesters


[1] ULEV engines count 2X ILEV engines

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