The Resource Innovation Institute’s Cannabis PowerScore is a new benchmarking tool designed to track energy consumption data from cannabis cultivation facilities to help educate industry leaders about the best ways to increase energy efficiency and move toward a lower-cost and more sustainable cultivation model.
The Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is a nonprofit organization hoping to motivate leaders in the cannabis field to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and define resource efficiency by developing voluntary, market-based energy, water and waste standards.
More than 100 cultivators have participated in the PowerScore program. Participants submit data, which is anonymized. Participants are issued a score that reflects where they rank in relation to other cultivators in their specific region so they can gauge their progress on efforts to become more efficient. RII then analyzes the submitted data to determine steps cannabis cultivators can take to make measurable changes and to develop industry-wide standards.
“Establishing baseline measurement data is key to the cannabis industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions,” said Derek Smith, RII executive director. “RII’s goal is to inform policy and utility incentive programs so producers can receive support for making investments in techniques and technologies that drive energy reductions while ensuring yield, consistency and quality.”
RII will co-author the industry’s first-ever energy report this summer.