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Quick Reference: Upcoming ESG Reporting and Energy Benchmarking Deadlines

Almost there! We are getting closer to the end of ESG reporting season 2021.

With major ESG reporting deadlines on the horizon through July, we know that this time of year can involve burning the midnight oil. Many ESG reporting deadlines also happily coincide with local energy benchmarking deadlines. Fortunately, there is some overlap in the data you need to gather; ESG reporting and energy benchmarking compliance both require whole-building energy consumption data at the building and portfolio levels.

Learn more about how Aquicore makes it easy to collect the energy data needed to comply with both local benchmarking & ESG reporting requirements.

For those of us working across geographical boundaries, it can be hard to keep track of all of the relevant deadlines. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the top upcoming submission dates for ESG reporting and local energy benchmarking that you need to know in 2021. 

Many of these deadlines stay consistent from year to year, so keep this list on hand as a quick reference to revisit in 2022 and beyond. 

ESG Frameworks / Standards:

ESG Framework / StandardWhere to Submit?2021 Due Date*
1. Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB)Include in financial disclosures (i.e. 10-K, Annual Report)Include in relevant annual financial disclosures
2. Task Force for Climate Related Disclosure (TCFD)Include in financial disclosures (i.e. 10-K, Annual Report)Include in relevant annual financial disclosures
3. UNPRIOnline UNPRI PortalAssessment Due April 29, 2021
4. S&P’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)Online DJSI PortalJune 3, 2021
5. Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)Online GRESB PortalJuly 1, 2021
6. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)Online CDP PortalJuly 28, 2021
*While these are the submission dates for 2021, the dates often remain the same each year. Check the linked websites for more information.

State / Local Energy Benchmarking:

ESG Framework / StandardWhere to Submit?Local Guidance & Resources2021 Due Date*
1. District of ColumbiaEnergy Star Portfolio ManagerAm I Required to Benchmark | DOEE 

Covered Building List for 2021 Reporting | DOEE
Include in relevant annual financial disclosures
2. New York, NYEnergy Star Portfolio ManagerBenchmark Compliance InstructionsInclude in relevant annual financial disclosures
3. Boston, MAEnergy Star Portfolio ManagerCity of Boston Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure OrdinanceAssessment Due April 29, 2021
4. Chicago, ILEnergy Star Portfolio ManagerChicago Energy Benchmarking Homepage

Covered Buildings List
June 3, 2021
5. Los Angeles, CAEnergy Star Portfolio ManagerDeadlines & Penalties l LA Energy and Water Efficiency Resource CenterJuly 1, 2021
6. Seattle, WAEnergy Star Portfolio ManagerBenchmarking Instructions – Environment | seattle.govJuly 28, 2021
*While these are the submission dates for 2021, the dates often remain the same each year. Check the linked websites for more information.