With help from Reno startup, city launches carbon emissions tracking portal

Screen grab of the platform — accessible at public.ledger8760.com/reno.

Screen grab of the platform — accessible at public.ledger8760.com/reno. Courtesy: Ledger8760

The City of Reno and carbon tracking company Ledger8760 this month announced the launch of a public portal “that comprehensively and accurately captures and monitors the City of Reno's carbon footprint,” according to a Dec. 14 press release.

The platform — accessible at public.ledger8760.com/reno — is capable of capturing all three emissions scopes for carbon output from city buildings, public utilities, meters, vehicle fleets and more, “allowing the city to identify blind spots in emissions management and identify opportunities to make more sustainable choices,” according to the release.

"Today marks a major milestone in our sustainability journey. By making our emissions data public, we are setting a new standard for transparency, as we work to reach our sustainability goals,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said in a statement. “We look forward to the invaluable insights we will gain through this partnership to inform action plans that will make a real impact in 2022.”

Ledger8760 is a SaaS (software-as-a-service) startup that measures real-time energy, emissions and utility information from hundreds of sources, helping companies and government agencies measure their carbon footprints and reduce their costs.

Launched in 2017, Ledger8760 had been in stealth mode before going live at the start of this year. 

The company hired Adam Kramer as CEO in April, and on July 1, it launched a collaboration with the State of Nevada, Washoe County and City of Reno to collect energy and emissions data from all public facilities in Reno and Washoe County, in addition to some state buildings in Carson City and Las Vegas.

Ledger8760 signed three-year contracts with each entity; Reno and Washoe County are each paying $6,500 per month, while the state is paying $1,500 a month — equating to a more-than-half-million-dollar ($522,000) deal with the government partners.

"We applaud the City of Reno and the entire state of Nevada for being a leader in carbon tracking transparency,” Kramer said in a Dec. 14 statement. With our unmatched emissions data, we're able to show leaders that it's not just how much energy is used, but where that energy comes from that makes a difference in carbon reduction efforts.

“We're confident this public portal will make Reno residents proud of their city and inspire them to improve their own individual carbon footprint, too."


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