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Biofuels
Futurepast was engaged by the US Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, to conduct research on sustainability rating systems for alternative aviation fuels. Futurepast worked with staff researchers at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to develop tools for assessing environmental sustainability along the biofuel production supply chain. Supply chain elements included feedstock producers and processors, biofuel producers, biofuel blenders and distributors, and biofuel end users. To access the reports prepared by Futurepast, please follow these links:

Report Evaluating Existing Sustainability Evaluation Programs, and
Alternative Aviation Jet Fuel Sustainability Evaluation Report

Futurepast’s president John Shideler is a certified Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels auditor. He also serves as ISO TC 207 liaison to ISO Project Committee 248 which is writing an International Standard on Sustainability criteria for bioenergy.

For more information on all of Futurepast’s work with alternative aviation fuels, click here.

Counting Carbon

A leading environmental concern for the 21st century is climate change that results from increased anthropogenic (human-induced) emissions of greenhouse gases. Futurepast’s John Shideler has participated actively in the development of consensus-based standards on topics in greenhouse gas management. From 2002 the International Organization for Standardization’s Technical Committee 207 has worked to develop standards to meet the world’s needs. Five international standards are now published, and more are under development. In December 2009, ISO Technical Committee 207 provided negotiators at the COP 15 in Copenhagen with information about its portfolio of published and forthcoming standards. Futurepast’s president John Shideler delivered key elements of this important message.

In 2009, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a rule requiring mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 10,000 US facilities. The information gathering was requested by the US Congress in 2008 and is authorized by provisions of the Clean Air Act. Information about the EPA rule is available at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html.

California pioneered voluntary reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by organizations with the opening in 2004 of the California Climate Action Registry. In 2006 the state legislature passed Assembly Bill 32 and from 2008 California required mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by certain regulated industries. In 2012, California inaugurated an economy-wide cap-and-trade system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A cap-and-trade program for electricity generating facilities also operates in nine Northeastern and Mid Atlantic states.

Voluntary reporting of greenhouse gas emissions at the organizational level has been continued by The Climate Registry which accepts reports from organizations based anywhere in North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States. The Climate Registry also hosts mandatory reporting for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Since 2005 Futurepast has provided technical expertise to NSF-ISR, an accredited third-party greenhouse gas validation and verification body. Futurepast assisted NSF-ISR with its greenhouse gas program implementation and accreditation to ISO 14065 by ANSI. Futurepast personnel serve as program manager and greenhouse gas validators/verifiers under subcontract to NSF-ISR.

Managing Change

Management system improvement is a recognized strategy for improving the performance of organizations. Some of the most widely adopted International Standards include ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management). Since the publication of these fundamental standards, many other management systems standards have been written to address specialized economic sectors such as aerospace quality; chemical industry environment, safety and health; food safety, and many others. In the aviation sector, US airlines and airports are implementing safety management systems to meet requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization and to improve safety through proactive management of hazards and risks. Futurepast offers consulting, training and auditing services in the aviation sector to airports, airlines, and fixed-base operators. We also offer environmental, safety and health management systems consulting, training and auditing services to a wide range of industry sectors.

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