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newsrel -- Air Resources Board and USEPA Join Forces for Precision Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Posted: 23 Feb 2012 13:12:44
Improved system will boost fight against climate change. 

Release #:12-06
Date:02/23/2012

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David Clegern
916-322-2990
dclegern@arb.ca.gov


Air Resources Board and USEPA Join Forces for Precision Reporting
of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Improved system will boost fight against climate change

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board today unveiled a
redesigned on-line tool for the state’s largest facilities to
report their greenhouse gas emissions.

The mandatory reporting tool builds on ARB’s existing reporting
tool. The re-design was developed in close collaboration with the
United States Environmental Protection Agency The new version
aligns the two agencies’ systems, though some slight differences
remain because of California’s emission reduction requirements.

ARB worked closely with U.S. EPA in redesigning the state
reporting tool to reach the greatest consistency possible with
federal emissions reports while achieving the goals of
California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32. The new system
is called the California Electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting
Tool, or Cal e-GGRT.

”The harmonization of these two reporting systems is a key step
in easing industry compliance with the requirements of AB 32,”
said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “This redesign is also a good
example of the collaboration between California and federal
agencies toward the common goal of curbing climate change.”

Approximately 700 facilities and energy suppliers which release
more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually will use
Cal e-GGRT to report those emissions. These reports help the ARB
set emission reduction requirements, including the “cap” for the
cap-and-trade program, scheduled to begin its first compliance
period January 1, 2013.

“The launch of the California Electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting
Tool is a clear example of EPA’s strong commitment to working
with state governments to encourage consistent greenhouse gas
emissions reporting for large facilities across the country,”
said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of
Air and Radiation.

ARB staff is already working on the next phase of Cal e-GGRT
development to allow even more consistency between the two
jurisdictions.



ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare,
and ecological resources through effective reduction of air
pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the
economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in
California to attain and maintain health based air quality
standards.

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