Cost Effective Solutions for Rule 2202 Compliance
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Greenwood Environmental is comprised of a team of environmental and industry experts. We are dedicated to providing innovative and cost-effective solutions for firms required to offset their emissions as part of SCAQMD Rule 2202 Compliance. We are a complete, one-stop solution for companies using the Emission Reduction (ERS) Strategy to comply with Rule 2202 on a yearly basis. We create value orientated environmental solutions to cost-effectively reduce a firm’s emissions footprint. We provide education, analysis and solutions for federal, state and local environmental emissions requirements.
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Rule 2202 Compliance Options
Adopted in 1995, the objective of the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Rule 2202 program is to reduce mobile source emissions generated from employee commute trips. The rule applies to all employers within the South Coast Air Quality Management District that employ over 250 personnel.
Emission Reduction Strategy
The Emission Reduction Strategy (ERS) is often the most straightforward and most cost-effective solution for meeting Rule 2202 compliance.Greenwood Environmental offer the Emission Reduction Strategy (ERS) compliance to many employers in the South Coast region and we have a 100% compliance success record.
The ERS allows employers to purchase and retire Mobile Source Emission Reduction Credits (MSERCs). MSERCs required for this rule include oxides of nitrogen (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and carbon monoxide (CO). The MSERCs are generated through a variety of voluntary programs offered by the AQMD that encourage emissions reductions above and beyond federal, state and local requirements. Examples of MSERC creation projects include, old-vehicle scrapping, cleaning on-road and off-road vehicles, emission reductions from stationary sources and a host of pilot credit generation programs offered by the AQMD. The AQMD certify the emissions we provide and retire them on the employer’s behalf to meet their Rule 2202 compliance.
Air Quality Investment Program
The Air Quality Investment Program (AQIP) offered by the AQMD is a ‘pay-out’ option. The costs associated with the AQIP are currently:
$46.73 annually per peak-window employee (employees arriving at the workplace between 6am-10am) or $129.79 tri-annually per peak-window employee. These monies are used to fund projects that will achieve emissions reductions from mobile sources. The AQIP option is a far more expensive option for meeting compliance when compared with the ERS (option 1 above).
Employee Commute Reduction Program
The Employee Commute Reduction Program (ECRP) was designed to reduce actual employee trips to the workplace. Employers must instigate a number of workplace incentives to meet compliance such as carpooling, vanpooling, telecommuting, compressed workweeks, reduced staffing as well as encouraging employees to walk, bicycle or take public transit to work. The ECRP requires prior AQMD approval and certification and is measured annually by surveying the individual employees of the firm. The ECRP is not an ideal solution for many firms as it can require a great deal of employee effort and administration throughout the year. However, employers who survey and maintain an average vehicle ridership (AVR) above 1.1 will gain credit toward Rule 2202 compliance.
The AQMD also allow a combination of the above strategies in order to meet compliance requirements. For instance, an employer may wish to survey their employees and offset any shortfall through the purchase and retirement of mobile source emissions credits.