Tuesday, June 1, 2010

NAICS Code, Corporate Parent in GHG Reporting Rule Requirements

On September 22, 2009, EPA finalized the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mandatory Reporting Rule. This rule requires facilities with direct GHG emissions over 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), suppliers of petroleum, natural gas, and industrial gases as well as vehicle and engine manufacturers outside the light duty sector to report to EPA annually.

The data collection starts on January 1, 2010, and the first reports to EPA are due on March 31, 2011. As part of that first report, EPA is now proposing that reporters also include the name of their Corporate Parent and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. In developing the final rule, EPA received comments that this type of information would be useful to the public and EPA, particularly in assisting corporations in assessing emissions at their different facilities and operations. Therefore, EPA has proposed to include these two data elements in the reports and is seeking public comments on the most efficient way of defining and collecting these elements. EPA is also taking comment on whether or not to have reporters list the existence of a co-generation unit at their facility. Timeline

The Comment Period on the proposed amendments to reporting requirements will close June 11, 2010 and EPA anticipated the final rule will be published in October 2010

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