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Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

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Beginning in 2013, certain large facilities and transportation fuel suppliers must report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the Department of Ecology. Owners or operators of the following are required to report:

  • Facilities that emit at least 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases per year in Washington; or
  • Suppliers of liquid motor vehicle fuel, special fuel, or aircraft fuel that supply products equivalent to at least 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year in Washington.

Mobile source fleets are not required to report their GHG emissions.

Those needing to report GHG emission for the 2012 emissions year can do so now.

Rule Making

Through Winter 2015, Ecology proposes to amend this rule.

Contents

Registration and reporting deadlines

2012 reporting year

Reporting deadline extended: Ecology is extending Washington's reporting deadline through November 30, 2013 for all facilities and transportation fuel suppliers. We are extending the deadline because of the recent federal government shutdown that prevented users from accessing EPA's reporting tool.

Registration deadline: The registration deadline has not been extended. Reporters must register by October 15, 2013.

2013 reporting year and after

Starting with the 2013 emissions year:

  • Facilities required to report GHG emissions to both Ecology and EPA must submit their reports by March 31 of the following year.
  • Facilities that report only to Ecology must submit their reports by October 31 of the following year.
  • Transportation fuel suppliers must submit their reports by October 31 of the following year.

Facilities

Facilities report GHG emissions based on EPA's GHG reporting program. Washington's Applicable emissions and calculation methodologies are identical to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) with a few exceptions. The main difference is that Washington has a lower reporting threshold of 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per calendar year. Washington's threshold also includes carbon dioxide emissions from biogenic sources, while EPA's does not.

More information: Ecology's "Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Facilities" page

Facilities registration

To register for the 2012 emissions year, complete a Certificate of Representation registration form and send it to Ecology by October 15, 2013. Instructions are on the form.

If you do not have your EPA GHGRP ID number, submit your Certificate of Representation form without the ID number. When you receive the ID number from EPA, have your Designated Representative or Alternate Designated Representative email the ID number to ghgreporting@ecy.wa.gov.

Facilities reporting

More information: Facility Reporting Training Presentation

Transportation fuel suppliers

Transportation fuel suppliers report GHG emissions based on the information they already submit to the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL). The only organizations that must report are those with active fuel tax licenses that supply enough applicable fuels to meet or exceed 10,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

More information: Ecology's "Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Transportation Fuel Suppliers" page

Transportation fuel suppliers registration

To register for the 2012 emissions year, complete a Certificate of Representation registration form and send it to Ecology by October 15, 2013. Instructions are on the form.

Emissions calculations

Calculate your emissions using the Transportation Fuel Supplier Emissions Calculation Tool (this is a Microsoft Excel file).

Reporting

Submit a report signature form and send it to Ecology by November 30, 2013. Instructions are on the form.

More information: Transportation Fuel Supplier Training Presentation

Reporting fee

There is an annual reporting fee. The fee is based on Ecology's costs to administer the program and the number of facilities and suppliers reporting that year.

2012 fee

The fee for the 2012 emissions year is:

  • $1,175 per facility
  • $1,478 per transportation fuel supplier

More detail is available in the 2012 fee schedule (PDF file).

2013 fee

The fee for the 2013 emissions year is:

  • $1,147 per facility
  • $1,444 per transportation fuel supplier

More detail is available in the 2013 fee schedule (PDF file).

More information

Do you have questions or need more detail? Contact: Neil Caudill at 360-407-6811.

QUICK LINKS:

Facility Reporting

Facility Reporting Protocols

Transportation Fuel Supplier Reporting

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 173-441 WAC - Reporting of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases

EPA GHG Facility Reporting Data

EPA GHG Supplier Reporting Data

EPA GHG Reporting Program

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Contact: Neil Caudill