- What is a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions registry?
- What are the benefits of joining The Registry?
- Is The Registry a government agency?
- How can my organization join The Registry?
- What is the value to the states, Native Sovereign Nations and provinces and territories of having such a cooperative initiative?
- Will The Registry establish regulation of GHG emissions?
- Are there other state GHG registries?
- 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?
- What emissions do Members register?
- Can I report emissions from specific projects?
- 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?
- What “proof” of my emissions do I have to provide?
- Can I report “offsets” or emission
reductions that I’ve purchased or traded?
- How is The Registry funded?
- What does it cost to participate?
- How long will the verification process take?
- Who are the Verifiers and how are they selected?
- How does The Registry develop its protocols?
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.
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
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.
A. Simply follow this link for detail information on how to join The Registry.
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.
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.
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.
A. The emissions a Member reports depends on their type of Membership.
- 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:
- Geographic location/business unit
Basic: With Basic Membership, third party verification and public reporting are not required, but encouraged. The self-defined parameters include:
- Geographic location/business unit
A. Currently The Registry does not accept emissions associated with specific projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.theclimateregistry.org/how-to-join/membership-options/] range from $750 to $12,000.
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.
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.
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.