On the topic of Greenhouse Gas reporting, my partner Tom Wood recently circulated this "heads up" about EPA’s final rule:
On September 22, 2009, EPA issued its final rule on greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting. 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.
Recordkeeping obligations commence on January 1, 2010 with the first report due in 2011 (for 2010 emissions). Relaxed requirements will apply for reporting year 2010 as EPA recognizes that not all monitoring can be implemented in the weeks remaining in this year.
In a blow to the consulting industry, third party verification is not being required; sources will be able to self-certify their emissions. EPA says that its program does not preempt state reporting programs, but our hope is that with a final rule the state and regional efforts will conform to EPA’s lead.
Look for more details as Tom gives the rule a more thorough review.