California refineries must report GHG emissions in 2009

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 11 -- California's refineries, power plants, cement kilns, and manufacturing plants will be required to report annual greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) starting in 2009, the California Air Resources Board agreed Dec. 6.

The mandatory reporting rule, approved unanimously, is expected to affect about 800 industrial sites accounting for 95% of California's industrial emissions.

The rule covers emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane. Initial reports will not have to be audited by a third party, but future reports will have to be verified. Schools and hospitals are exempt from the new rule.

Carbon emissions reports will be made to the California Climate Action Registry, a nonprofit agency created in 2000 to encourage companies to voluntarily track and report GHG emissions.

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