In response to the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2764; Public Law 110--161), EPA launched the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP). The program requires annual reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) data and other relevant information from large direct emissions sources and suppliers of certain fossil fuels and industrial gases in the United States.
The purpose of the GHGRP is to provide accurate and timely GHG data to inform the public, policy makers and other interested parties. The data will help the public better understand emissions from specific industries, emissions from individual facilities, factors that influence greenhouse gas emission rates, and actions that facilities could take to reduce emissions. In general, facilities that directly emit 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent or more per year are required to submit annual reports to EPA. In addition, suppliers of certain products that would result in GHG emissions if released, combusted or oxidized are required to report.
Data reporting began in 2011 (for calendar year 2010) for most reporting entities. An additional 12 GHG source categories began reporting to EPA for the first time in 2012 (for calendar year 2011). Thereafter, this program requires that these sources monitor and report GHG information to EPA annually. The GHGRP does not require control of greenhouse gases.
For more information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html