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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-1932


Notice of Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Emission Registries

[38 Pa.B. 5902]
[Saturday, October 25, 2008]

   In accordance with section 6 of the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008 (Act 70), the Department of Environmental Protection (Department), in consultation with the Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC), announces the establishment of a voluntary greenhouse gas emissions and offset registry. The designated registry, The Climate Registry (registry), is a voluntary greenhouse gas emissions registry that enables businesses, governments, institutions and other entities to record their reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through use of reporting and verification protocols. Through use of the registry, users can collect, verify, track and publish their emissions data. In May 2007, Governor Rendell committed the Commonwealth as a Founding Member of registry. In that capacity, the Department has been working with several other states in the development of the registry and its reporting and verification protocols.

   In addition to its recommendation of registry, the CCAC recommended the Department designate three different offsets registries, including the Climate Action Reserve, the Voluntary Carbon Standard and The Gold Standard, as its voluntary greenhouse gas offsets registry. An offsets registry records project-specific emission reductions, avoidances of emissions and/or emissions sequestration. Offsets can only be generated if the actions taken are performed in the absence of a government mandate to reduce emissions. The Department chose to implement the recommendations of the CCAC, with the understanding that no single offsets registry system is currently available that can meet the needs of the entire Commonwealth. By creating a suite of offset registry options, the Department is providing the broadest scope of offset protocols and multi-National flexibility to meet the needs of the Commonwealth's businesses and other offset consumers.

   Additional information concerning the emissions and offsets registries is available on the Department's web site at (DEP Keyword: ''Public Participation,'' then choose ''Advisory Committees,'' then ''Climate Change Advisory Committee,'' then ''Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Registries'').

   For further information, contact Paula Sviben, Climate Change Advisory Committee Liaison, at or (717) 772-8912.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-1932. Filed for public inspection October 24, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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