Greenhouse Gas Planning and Reporting
State and federal regulations require reporting of existing and planned emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gas (GHGs) and careful planning to achieve the adopted reduction targets. Point Impact Analysis helps projects and agencies analyze GHG emissions, submit GHG reports, and plans how to manage and reduce GHG emissions. We provide assistance achieving compliance with the following emerging GHG requirements:
- GHG Reporting. U.S. EPA and California Air Resource Board (CARB) regulations require accurate identification, calculation, and submission of GHG emission reports, based on established emissions factors or source testing by approved protocols. CARB's reporting regulations require that a certified third party vendor verify GHG emissions reports.
- CEQA/NEPA and GHG. Amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines require an evaluation of the significance of the GHG emissions according to adopted significance thresholds. Point Impact Analysis has prepared GHG evaluations for CEQA/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents since 2007 and understands how to comply with these requirements.
- Climate Action Plans. A Climate Action Plan (CAP) manages GHG emissions on a local or regional level and enables agencies to streamline the environmental review of a project's GHG emissions. An effective CAP inventories GHG emissions, establishes a GHG reduction goal that is consistent with the goals of AB 32 or the local air district CAP, indentifies measures to meet the GHG reduction goal, and contains mechanisms to enforce mitigation measures on projects.
Example Project: CARB GHG Reporting for Electricity Generating Sector
Our Role: Point Impact Analysis has developed the source test plans for five electrical generating facilities and assisted these projects in the identification, calculation, and reporting of their GHG emissions. We understand the federal and state requirements for source test plans and have staff familiar with the CARB GHG Reporting Tool. Point Impact Analysis has also obtained exemptions from GHG reporting for binary geothermal power plants, demonstrating that the annual emissions are below the reporting threshold.
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