Introduction & First Steps
The Climate Registry is here to provide you with the reporting protocols, software and support you need to measure, report and verify your organization’s annual carbon footprint. The tools and resources presented in this toolkit will help you each step of the way. We recommend that you start with these first steps:
- Skim the General Reporting Protocol and any sector specific protocols that are relevant to your organization,
- Download and complete an Inventory Management Plan, and
- Sign up for the Carbon Footprinting 101 and CRIS trainings.
The 2013 Reporting and Verification Timeline will help you to better understand The Registry’s program milestones and steps in the reporting and verification process, and the Reporting FAQs will likely answer any additional questions you have.
If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 523-0764 ext. 3. One of our friendly member services associates will be standing by to take your call.
Orienting your Team
Once you’ve had a chance to learn more about our program, it’s up to you to bring your team members up-to-speed on GHG reporting. Reporting to The Climate Registry, an Orientation for Staff is a PowerPoint presentation that will introduce your staff to The Climate Registry’s program requirements and milestones. It will help them to understand what roles they might fulfill in helping your organization build a verifiable greenhouse gas inventory.
5 Steps to Reporting & Verifying a Carbon Footprint
When you’re ready to report your organization’s emissions, follow these five steps for reporting and verification. Remember, these resources are a supplement to the General Reporting Protocol (GRP), and it’s important that you download and read the GRP for relevant information and guidance.
Step 1: Define reporting boundaries
- Reporting Historical Emissions to The Registry is a fact sheet that explains historical data and the reporting requirements for historical years.
Step 2: Organize the inventory and define facilities
- Sector Specific GHG Emissions by Industry is a fact sheet that identifies GHG sources and associated gases by industry.
- Commonly Reported GHG Emissions is a fact sheet that overviews the most commonly reported sources and emissions, and suggests which company records will give you the activity data that you need to report for these sources.
Step 3: Identify emissions sources and collect data
- Utility-Specific Emission Factor Certification Template is a template that can be used to obtain a certified, utility specific emission factor from your utility.
- Electricity Calculation Tool is a spreadsheet that can be used to sum annual electricity totals, as well as pro-rate energy consumption when bills for January and December do not start or end exactly on January 1 or December 31.
- Tips for Estimating Mobile Fleet CH4-N2O outlines the Registry-approved method for estimating CH4 and N2O emissions from mobile sources when either mileage or fuel records are not obtainable.
- Tips for Reporting Refrigerants is a tip sheet that outlines a method to calculate and report fugitive emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and perfluorocarbons (PFCs) from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment that leak during installation, use, and disposal.
- Stationary vs. Mobile Combustion Sources is a document that helps to clarify common questions about how to classify mobile and stationary combustion sources like snow blowers and lawn equipment.
Step 4: Enter data into CRIS
Please see the CRIS Users Guide and a recorded version of the CRIS training by visiting the Climate Registry Information System section of the website.
- NEW: Net Inventory Form allows Members to demonstrate greenhouse gas emissions management through the purchase of offsets.
Step 5 (optional): Verify emissions
Please see the verification resources section on our website by navigating to Member Resources and then to Verification. The Verification Tips and Resources section is particularly helpful.
There are a number of forms that you will need to complete and submit to The Registry throughout the reporting and verification process.
- Reporting Extension Request Form If you are unable to meet the July 1, 2013 reporting deadline, please fill out this form and return it to The Climate Registry at email@example.com.
- Verification_Extension_Request If you are unable to meet the December 16, 2013 verification deadline, please fill out this form and return it to The Climate Registry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Self-Defined Operational Boundary Form is required for members who are reporting transitional or historical data. Upload this completed form to your CRIS account as a public document for each transitional or historical emissions year.
- Public Disclosure Exemption (CBI) Form is required for members who report confidential business information (CBI) and would like data to be aggregated to the entity-level in their public reports. Exemption forms must be submitted annually to email@example.com.
- Exclusion of Miniscule Sources Form The Registry has determined that the miniscule sources listed on this form are justified exclusions because of their insignificant impact on overall emissions. Members that opt to exclude miniscule sources from their inventory must complete this form and publicly disclose it in their CRIS report.
- Request-for-Excluding-a-New-Miniscule-Source-Form Request for Excluding a New Miniscule Source Form As the Exclusion of Miniscule Sources Form is not comprehensive, we invite our Members to use this form to request that The Registry add a new miniscule source to the list.
Industry Best Practice and Sector Specific Reporting Resources
- State Government GHG Sources is a matrix of common emissions sources for states and state agencies who are evaluating what they need to report and where they might find the necessary data.
- WRI/LMI Public Sector Protocol is a best practice resource for state and federal agencies and single purpose special districts that apply the General Reporting Protocol to their operations.
- Solid Waste Disposal Facility Reporting Guidance is a document for the solid waste industry that highlights industry best practice resources for calculating emissions from solid waste disposal facility management.
- Attachment A to the California Air Resources Board’s Regulation for the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions is a document the contains methodologies for the calculation of:
- Process CO2 emissions from Cement Manufacturing (A-41):
- Clinker-Based Methodology
- TOC Content in Raw Materials
- Stationary Combustion of CO2
- Emissions for the Electric Power Sector:
- Calculation of CO2 Process Emissions from Acid Gas Scrubbing (A-59)
- Distributed Emissions for Topping Cycle Plants (A-63)
- Distributed Emissions for Bottoming Cycle Plants (A-64)
- Process Emissions from Catalytic Cracking (A-70)
- Process Emissions from Catalyst Regeneration (A-72)
- Process Emissions from Process vents (A-73)
- Process Emissions from Asphalt Production (A-73)
- Process Emissions from Sulfur Recovery (A-74)
- Fugitive Emissions from Wastewater Treatment (A-75)
- Fugitive Emissions from Oil-Water Separators (A-76)
- Fugitive Emissions from Equipment (A-76)
- Emissions from Flares and Other Control Devices (A-81)
- Stationary Combustion and Process Emissions for Hydrogen Generators (A-85)
- Process CO2 emissions from Cement Manufacturing (A-41):