Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP), launched in 2009, the EPA requires reporting of greenhouse gas data and other relevant information from facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more per year in the United States. The EPA expects to receive 2010 GHG data from approximately 7,000 large industrial emitters and suppliers, including power plants, petroleum refineries and landfills.
Under this program, organisations have to submit GHG data to EPA annually. 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 programme by the end of 2011.
Before it was released the electronic GHG Reporting Tool (e-GGRT) was extensively tested by more than 1,000 stakeholders, including industry associations, states and NGOs, to make sure it was clear and easy to use.
Given the battering the EPA has received over the legislation there’s a lot resting on the reporting process being as easy as possible. This is one piece of Green IT that really needs to work well!