US opens online venue for mandatory reporting of GHG emissions

22 August 2011 21:46  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS)--Federal environmental regulators on Monday formally launched a new online venue for 28 industries that must report their emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), noting that reports on 2010 GHG emissions are due by 30 September.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it expects to receive annual greenhouse gases emissions reports from approximately 7,000 industrial facilities and manufacturers, including power generators, refineries, chemical plants and landfills, among others.

The agency’s electronic GHG reporting tool (e-GGRT) was tested in May and June by some 1,000 regulated firms, and the EPA said many of the test companies’ recommended changes have been implemented.

The EPA’s greenhouse gases reporting requirement was initiated in October 2009 and requires participation by large stationary sources of the gases.

But the programme also requires reporting by manufacturers or suppliers of products that “would emit GHGs if released, combusted or oxidized”.

In addition to refiners and chemicals manufacturers, the GHG reporting rule includes coal mining, oil and natural gas drilling and distribution systems, wastewater treatment plants, companies involved in underground injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) and even importers of equipment that have been pre-charged with fluorinated greenhouse gases.

The agency said by the end of this year it would begin publishing GHG emissions data gathered through the mandatory reporting programme, noting that the information will allow the public to identify the largest industrial sources of greenhouse gases.

By: Joe Kamalick
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