Greenhouse Gas Reporting Starts Next Year
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced, effective January 1, 2010, it will, for the first time, require large emitters of “heat-trapping emissions” to begin collecting greenhouse gas (GHG) data under a new reporting system. EPA said this new program will cover approximately 85 percent of the nation’s GHG emissions and apply to roughly 10,000 facilities.
Fossil fuel and industrial GHG suppliers, motor vehicle and engine manufacturers, and facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of CO2 equivalent per year will be required to report GHG emissions data to EPA annually. The first annual reports for the largest emitting facilities, covering calendar year 2010, will be submitted to EPA in 2011. Vehicle and engine manufacturers outside of the light-duty sector will begin phasing in GHG reporting with model year 2011. Some source categories included in the proposed rule are still under review.
EPA said its new reporting system will provide a better understanding of where GHGs are coming from and will guide development of the best possible policies and programs to reduce emissions. The data, EPA said, will also allow businesses to track their own emissions, compare them to similar facilities, and provide assistance in identifying cost effective ways to reduce emissions in the future.