31 states to form greenhouse gas emissions registry

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 11, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

31 states, including California, announced recently the formation of a national registry to measure and track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by industry.  The Climate Registry, while voluntary, is a significant first step toward what many hope will become a national reporting standard, or as Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell put it, a "common currency".

"Developing a common standard for reporting and recording greenhouse gases is an essential component to a national climate action policy," said California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who also noted that it is based on California’s current statewide emissions tracking system.  "I’m proud that [it] was modeled after California’s Climate Action Registry and trust that the rest of the nation will join our fight to protect the environment and secure a sound economy."

The California Registry is a non-profit voluntary listing for GHG emissions that helps companies and various entities establish GHG emission baselines against which any future GHG emission reduction requirements may be applied.

The national registry will begin tracking data in January and will be funded by industry fees and public monies, as yet unspecified.

AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act, (Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006, Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles), which established a mandatory cap on GHG emissions – to 1990 levels by 2020 – also requires annual mandatory reporting of GHG emissions for "significant sources," to be determined by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) through its rulemaking process.  AB 32 directs CARB to incorporate the standards and protocols developed by the California Climate Action Registry when setting up the mandatory reporting program, although the requirement gives CARB some wiggle room.

CARB will conduct a public workshop to discuss development of mandatory GHG reporting requirements on Wednesday, May 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Sacramento.  An agenda and additional materials will be posted prior to the meeting at the CARB GHG Reporting and Inventory website at http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/ccei/ccei.htm

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