April 28, 2014 Climate Registered Member Exelon Corporation surpasses ambitious goal to eliminate carbon emissions seven years ahead of schedule.

April 18, 2014Cool Planet Member The Grand Del Mar undergoes retrofits and reduces energy consumption to shrink its carbon footprint. Learn more about the resort's green initiatives here.

April 18, 2014 Natural Capital Leaders Index recognizes Registry member PG&E as the only US "Decoupling Leader" for growing revenue while simultaneously reducing their environmental impact .

February 18, 2014 Natural Capital Leaders Index recognizes Registry member PG&E as the only US "Decoupling Leader" for growing revenue while simultaneously reducing their environmental impact .

February 18, 2014CDSB releases CDSB Framework Draft Consultation to promote and advance disclosure of environmental information. The expanded framework includes information on natural capital, namely forest risk commodities and water. Learn more here.

February 7, 2014Join the Climate Action Reserve for NACW, the longest running and most anticipated conference for discussing climate policy and carbon markets. The event will be held in San Francisco, March 26-28. More info here.

December 16, 2013The Natural Resource Agency released 'Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk', an update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy." Link "Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk.

December 16, 2013Registry Members the California Department of Public Health and UC Irvine receive the 2013 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Sustainable Practices. Congratulations!

December 10, 2013Small Businesses: Enter to Win a Free Year of Registry Membership by Completing the Small Business Survey. Due January 10th.

November 13, 2013UC Berkeley meets its aggressive GHG reduction goal two years ahead of schedule.

October 29, 2013Don't miss the 2014 A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition "Navigating Environmental Crossroads", June 24-27 in Long Beach, CA. Learn more and see the call for abstracts..

October 21, 2013Early Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Climate Leadership Conference, hosted February 24-26 in San Diego, California. Best Rates Expire December 12, 2013. Learn MORE.

October 15, 2013 The Climate Registry co-authors white paper that demonstrates how to address the climate impacts of California's water systems.

September 19, 2013 Architectural Digest featured Registry member Sokol Blosser's new tasting facility in the October issue. The facility conforms to Living Building Challenge standards and features a green roof and cantilevered overhangs that reduce heat and glare.

September 19, 2013 Registry member PG&E Corporation released its 2012 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report and is named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for continued leadership on issues of social, environmental and corporate responsibility.

September 17, 2013 Registry member Exelon Corp. is the top ranked U.S. electric utility in CDP's Global 500 report. Reporting and verifying through The Climate Registry gives the company the highest quality carbon data and a better CDP score.

August 9, 2013 UCLA rated one of the most sustainability universities in the nation by Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll.

August 6, 2013 Delta Air Lines has lowered its annual GHGs by 8.5 million metric tons, an 18.4% reduction since 2005.

August 2, 2013 Ford's 2014 F-150s will give customers the option to run on natural gas.

August 1, 2013 Shell leads on climate change with a self-imposed carbon emissions tax.

July 31, 2013 Manitoba introduces strategy for North America's first petcoke and coal heating ban as well as mandatory reporting.

July 29, 2013 Tower Companies is the first two-time winner of the DC Mayor's Sustainability Award.

July 22, 2013 3Degrees offers perspective on The Registry's recognition of RECs. Contact 3Degrees if you would like to purchase RECs to reduce your organization's carbon footprint.

July 18, 2013 Exelon presents its 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report, ensuring accurate accounting of GHGs by using The Registry standards.

July 16, 2013 Abt Associates announces its membership, alongside industry leaders, with The Climate Registry.

July 10, 2013 Known for its longtime commitment to environmental sustainability, the city of Davis was crowned the state's "Coolest California City" by the Air Resources Board.

May 22, 2013 USPS wins a whopping 10 awards in the Federal Green Challenges Award.

April 23, 2013 Tom Bowman of Registry member Bowman Design Group shows small businesses how to reduce GHGs and cut costs.

April 22, 2013 Delta releases 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report and is recognized in the Wall Street Journal. Delta CEO Richard Anderson said, "At Delta, we believe that transparency goes hand in hand with sustainability."

April 22, 2013 Registry Board Member Mary Nichols named one of Time's Top 100 of 2013. Congratulations, Mary! The recognition is well deserved.

April 19, 2013 Bentley Prince Street President & CEO, Ralph Grogan, wins SBC's Lifetime Business Achievement Award. Congrats from The Climate Registry!

April 19, 2013 Registry members Timberland and Clif Bar sign the Ceres Climate Declaration.

April 17, 2013 Innovative member Ford to cut vehicle waste 40% by 2016.

April 09, 2013 California Air Resources Board names Richard Corey new Executive Director. The Climate Registry congratulates Richard on his new position.

February 26, 2013 Hershey joins The Sustainability Consortium

January 29, 2013 Registry members dominate the GEELA awards, California's highest environmental honor. Sapphos Environmental, City of San Diego, Aquarium of the Pacific, State of California Department of General Services and Alamenda-Contra Costa Transit District win awards in different categories. Learn more here.

January 3, 2013 Registry member WRI and WBCSD released a sustainable procurement guide for wood and paper-based products. download

Please contact us if you have any questions about The Registry.


Q. What is a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions registry?

A. A GHG emissions registry is a bottom-up approach to emissions accounting, where companies and organizations quantify and report their emissions from various individual sources according to a uniform accounting standard.

Q. What are the benefits of joining The Registry?

A. Benefits of joining The Registry include:

  • Demonstrate environmental leadership
  • Document early actions to voluntarily emissions
  • Identify and manage GHG risks and opportunities
  • Gain access to user-friendly web-based software and technical assistance as you develop your inventory
  • Participate in policy discussions relevant to your industry and evolving GHG policy
  • Gain competitive advantage by increasing operational efficiency
  • Manage carbon-related risks

Q. Is The Registry a government agency?

A. No, The Registry is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, founded by the participating states, Native Sovereign Nations, and provinces and territories. It is not an advocacy organization. The only political issues in which it takes a position are those associated with the accuracy and consistency of GHG measurement and reporting.

Q. How can my organization join The Registry?

A. Simply follow this link for detail information on how to join The Registry.

Q. What is the value to the states, Native Sovereign Nations and provinces and territories of having such a cooperative initiative?

A. The Registry’s Directors find value in:

  • The creation of a vehicle for politically and geographically diverse states/Native Sovereign Nations/provinces and territories to take action together on climate change.
  • Establishment of a common infrastructure to support current and future mandatory programs.
  • Lower costs for states/Native Sovereign Nations/provinces and territories by pooling resources.
  • Standardization of best practices in GHG emissions reporting.

Q. Will The Registry establish regulation of GHG emissions?

A. No. The Registry is policy-neutral. It is intended to support a range of state-level policies, including voluntary reporting of GHG emissions, mandatory reporting of GHG emissions, and regulatory GHG emissions reduction programs. These decisions will be made by states, provinces and territories and Native Sovereign Nations. The Registry will ensure consistency and transparency between programs and establish a high level of integrity in emissions accounting and reporting.

Q. Are there other state GHG registries?

A. The Registry represents a linking of several state-sponsored GHG emissions reporting efforts, including the former California Climate Action Registry and Eastern Climate Registry.

Q. Our city is interested in reporting and reducing our GHG emissions. How does The Registry’s program compare with ICLEI and the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Initiative?

A. Many participants in these two programs also participate in The Registry. It was designed to be complementary and supportive of these efforts. Additionally, The Registry partnered with ICLEI, the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) and a consortium of environmental organizations in 2008 to develop the Local Government Operations (LGO) Protocol, a program-neutral greenhouse gas (GHG) protocol that is designed to allow local governments to quantify and report GHG emissions resulting from their operations.

Q. What emissions do Members register?

A. The emissions a Member reports depends on their type of Membership.

Complete Reporter:

  • Report for six greenhouse gases (GHGs), including CO2, CH4, N2O, SF6, PFCs and HFCs:
  • Report all direct emissions. Direct emissions include those from onsite combustion, manufacturing processes and from company-owned transportation fleets.
  • Report indirect emissions associated with electricity, heating and steam consumption.
  • Report for all biogenic emissions (emissions from a biogenic origin—meaning that it was recently contained in living organic matter).

Transitional Reporter: For up to five years, Transitional Members report and verify a carbon footprint that is anything less than “Complete.” The self-defined parameters include:

  • Scope
  • Sources
  • Gases
  • Geographic location/business unit

Basic: With Basic Membership, third party verification and public reporting are not required, but encouraged. The self-defined parameters include:

  • Scope
  • Sources
  • Gases
  • Geographic location/business unit

Q. Can I report emissions from specific projects?

A. Currently The Registry does not accept emissions associated with specific projects.

Q. Why do I have to report indirect emissions? Wouldn’t that be double counting if the electricity generator also reported the direct emissions from the electricity I consume?

A. Direct and indirect emissions are reported and tracked separately. By providing for reporting of both direct and indirect emissions, The Registry is helping participants prepare for any future regulatory scheme, as well as helping companies identify opportunities to increase efficiency.

Q. What “proof” of my emissions do I have to provide?

A. For Members building their carbon footprints as Climate Registered Members that plan on third-party verifying their data they will need to provide their ANSI-accredited, Registry-recognized verification body with back up documentation. Your verification is risk-based so only certain facilities will be sampled. Back up data includes any documentation that explains calculations or how you came up with the energy totals so that your final CRIS report matches consumed fuels, electricity, refrigerants, etc.

Q. Can I report “offsets” or emission reductions that I’ve purchased or traded?

A. The Registry may allow reporting of non-verified information as an adjunct to the company’s total annual emissions results associated with its operations. These could include offsets, information related to changes in operation that impact annual emission results, efficiency improvements and other information a reporting entity believes is of interest to the public. Verification standards may be adopted in the future for offsets.

Q. How is The Registry funded?

A. Initial funding has come from private foundations and the participating Directors. On an on-going basis, it is expected that The Registry will be primarily funded through fees from Members.

Q. What does it cost to participate?

A. The Registry has adopted a tiered annual fee structure which allows organizations of all sizes to participate at a low relative cost. Annual fees [link to]  range from $750 to $12,000.

Q. How long will the verification process take?

A. The Registry anticipates that the time necessary for a Verifier to conduct verification activities will range anywhere from a few hours (for a Reporter with only office-based simple emissions), to several weeks (for a larger organization with multiple facilities and complex emissions). The entire verification process will likely take between 4 and 16 weeks to complete.

Q. Who are the Verifiers and how are they selected?

A. The Verifiers are private companies with expertise in tracking GHG emissions. Many of them also perform other types of verification activities such as ISO. Please visit the verification section of the website for a list of accredited Verifiers.

Q. How does The Registry develop its protocols?

A. The Registry has developed a public process for bringing all stakeholders to the table and taking input from the public in the development of its accounting protocols. If you wish to be informed regarding the development of new protocols or modification of existing ones, you should subscribe to Registry updates through the Contact Us page.

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