Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program
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.
Update on registration and reporting deadlines
New reporting deadline established
The 2012 emissions year registration and reporting deadlines for facilities that report to
Ecology and EPA have been extended to match the deadlines for other facilities and transportation
fuel suppliers. ALL facilities and transportation fuel suppliers will register by September 1, 2013
and report by October 31, 2013. The registration and reporting deadlines for the 2013 emissions year
and subsequent reports have not been changed.
February and March 2013 training sessions - Canceled
The February and March 2013 training sessions for facilities that report to both Ecology and EPA
are canceled. New training sessions will be scheduled closer to the registration and reporting deadline..
Why is Ecology extending the deadline?
The extension will allow Ecology to develop a higher quality online reporting tool and give
reporters more time to learn how to use the tool. The extra time will allow us to incorporate
recent changes to EPA's reporting system and make Washington's system more automated, requiring
less work for reporters. It will also allow for improved data analysis and publication.
The extension enables reporters to have more time to register and report after receiving training
on how to use the system.
Will my facility be penalized for not reporting In April?
No. Ecology will use our enforcement discretion and not penalize anyone for not reporting in April.
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.
Click here to go to Ecology's "Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Facilities" page
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.
Click here to go to Ecology's "Greenhouse Gas Reporting:
Transportation Fuel Suppliers" page
When to report
Reporting begins in 2013. The 2013 report will contain information on emissions that occur
in 2012. Report every calendar year, using the deadlines in the table below:
|For all facilities and transportation fuel suppliers:
What to do
||January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012
|Register with Ecology
||September 1, 2013
|Report to Ecology
||October 31, 2013
Ecology is developing a web-based reporting tool. Users will be able to electronically
input and submit their data. Ecology's tool will be compatible with both EPA's
Electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool (e-GGRT) and DOL's fuel tax database.
More information and training materials will be posted once the tool is complete.
There will be 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. The fee for the
2012 emissions year is $1,175 per facility and $1,478 per supplier. More detail is available
in the 2012 fee schedule.
In 2008, the Washington Legislature directed Ecology to develop rules requiring the
state's largest sources of greenhouse gases to report their emissions.
EPA adopted a GHG reporting program
in 2009 that was significantly different from Washington's law. Washington's law was changed in
2010 to make facility reporting more consistent with EPA's
program and to transfer responsibility for transportation reporting from individual fleet operators
to transportation fuel suppliers.
The changes eased reporting burdens and made the process less complicated, which made it easier
to get accurate, consistent data. The changes also made it easier and less costly for emitters to
comply with reporting requirements in Washington and in other jurisdictions in which they operate.
Ecology worked with a stakeholder committee to implement Washington's GHG reporting law, and adopted
173-441 WAC - Reporting of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases
in December, 2010. 2010 data from facilities that reported to EPA can be found on
Do you have questions or need more detail? Contact:
Neil Caudill at 360-407-6811