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State Registry Programs Currently Running or Under Design

 

California

New Hampshire

New Jersey

Wisconsin

Purpose

Non-regulatory method by which businesses can be encouraged to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

To help sources establish a baseline against which any future federal GHG emissions reduction requirements may apply.

NJ expects that companies will generate GHG credits with the expectation that GHG credits will become valuable in the future. 

As a pro-active GHG focused policy, a registry may increase this speculative value by laying the foundation for future policies.

To ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that efforts undertaken voluntarily by persons in Wisconsin to reduce or avoid emissions of GHGs or air contaminants or to sequester carbon are publicly recognized and that these reductions are considered under future mandatory federal or state emission reduction programs.

Implementation Timing

January 2001, new law enacted Spring 2001, Board appointments and organization plan being developed

Adopted Chapter Env-A 3800 “Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Reductions Registry” on 2/23/01

Amended the Open Market Emission Trading Program to include GHGs

The WI legislature directed the DNR to establish a multi-pollutant emissions registry-currently engaged in the rulemaking process.  In effect summer 2003.

Are Emissions Reductions Reported, or Only Emissions Inventories?

Emissions only

Emission reductions

Emission reductions

Emission reductions

Is Participation Mandatory or Voluntary?

Voluntary Program administered by a non-profit managed by a stakeholder board of directors

Voluntary Program administered by the state environmental agency –

The Department of Environmental Services

Voluntary Program administered by a private firm- Moosakin Corporation

Voluntary Program administered by the state environmental agency – The Department of Natural Resources

What GHG Emissions are Included in Reporting?

GHGs (CO2), CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6 after three years of involvement

GHGs (CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6)

GHGs (CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6), NOx, VOC

GHGs (CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6) NOx, SO2, VOC, PM2.5, CO, Lead, Mercury

Is Reporting at the Entity or Facility/Project Level?

Mandatory corporation wide reporting

Project level. Corporate wide suggested but not required.

Project level

Optional corporate wide and project level

What is the Reporting Scope: Direct and/or Indirect?

Both direct and indirect emissions reported

Both direct and indirect emission reductions

Both direct and indirect emission reductions

Both direct and indirect emission reductions

Are Offsite Project Reductions and Sequestration Included?

       

Are Trades of Emission Reductions Tracked?

No

No

Yes but not for GHGs

No

What Types of Recognition (Public and Regulatory) Are Available?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

What are the Requirements for Verification?

Certification is necessary

Verification required by third party or NH DES

Verification by PE required

No must certify but third party is optional.

Which Years Must an Entity Report?

       

Are Mass Emissions Reported or is There an Output Based Metric

Mass and rate-based

Mass-based

Mass-based

Mass and rate-based

Are There Specific Data Protocols?

Board will adopt protocols that facilitate recognition in future regulatory regimes. Aims to be consistent with WRI GHGProtocol

Defers to EIA 1605(b) and others as determined by the agency – WRI GHGProtocol

Articulated by the DEP

IPCC, EPA EIIP, AP42, WRI GHGProtocol and others

Reporting Forms/Software

Registry will review available software, including EPA’s software, to see whether it will meet registry requirements

Has developed reporting forms - Defers to EIA 1605(b)

Reporting forms  - Private firm administering registry

Reporting forms and guidance under development

Cost of Participation

Reasonable fees to be determined

None

For NOx and VOC

From $0.20 - $12.50 per DER (ton)

Vary for GHGs

From $0.00 - $0.03 per DER (ton)

None


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