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U.S. EPA Accepts Electronically Submitted GHG Reports

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new tool to allow 28 industrial sectors to submit their 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data electronically. Prior to being finalized, the electronic GHG Reporting Tool (e-GGRT) was tested by more than 1,000 stakeholders (including industry associations, states and non-governmental organizations) to ensure clarity and user-friendliness.

The data collected with e-GGRT will provide information about the nation’s largest stationary sources of GHG emissions. Industries and businesses will also be able to use the data to help find ways to decrease carbon emissions, increase efficiency and save money.

The EPA expects to receive 2010 GHG data from approximately 7,000 large industrial GHG emitters and suppliers, including power plants, petroleum refineries and landfills.

EPA’s GHG Reporting Program, launched in October 2009, requires the reporting of GHG data from large emission sources across a range of industry sectors. Suppliers of products that would emit GHGs if released, combusted, or oxidized are also required to report GHG data. Under this program, covered entities are required to submit GHG data to EPA annually and the first round of data will be submitted electronically by September 30, 2011.  The EPA plans to publish non-confidential GHG data collected through the GHGRP by the end of 2011. More information is available at: Link