In 2006 the California Legislature passed AB 32, which set the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal into law. In December 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a regulation requiring the largest industrial sources to report and verify their greenhouse gas emissions. On January 1, 2012, the GHG rules took effect and are now legally enforceable.
Many fossil fuel and industrial gas suppliers are familiar GHG reporting requirements, but it’s important to recognize that the rule is NOT exclusive to these types of facilities.
Reporting requirements are all about thresholds. For sources that emit > 10 metric tons of CO2, Methane, or NOx annually, one is required to report amounts to CARB by April 10th. For annual emissions >25 metric tons, one must report amounts to the EPA by March 31st of each year.
Although some entities may not be required to submit their emissions for GHG reporting, Federal and State regulatory agencies still require that facilities determine their applicability concerning the rule. This may also include the use of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (HFCs, PFCs, NF3, HFEs and others).
The 2013 deadlines may have passed, but don’t put your head in the sand and get penalized. For questions on how your facility may be impacted by GHG requirements, please contact our in-house specialist David Renfrew. David can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 562-495-5777.