EPA holding hearings on mandatory GHG reporting

epaThe EPA is holding public hearings in Arlington Virginia today and tomorrow to discuss its proposal for mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The agency is proposing that suppliers of fossil fuels or industrial greenhouse gases, manufacturers of vehicles and engines, and facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more per year of GHG emissions submit annual reports to EPA. The gases covered by the proposed rule are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and other fluorinated gases including nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and hydrofluorinated ethers (HFE).

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a broad discussion draft bill that proposes to reduce GHG emissions 3 percent below percent below 2005 levels by 2012, 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, 42 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, and 83 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.The American Clean Energy and Security Act also sets out a renewable energy portfolio standard of 6 percent by 2012.

Both these important regulatory developments and their impact on the manufacturing sector will be discussed at our Sustainable Manufacturing Summit on April 29-30 in Chicago.

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