Who Owns Those Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
Posted: November 6th, 2010Author: All4 Staff
U.S. EPA has finalized amendments to the general provisions of the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule (MRR) codified at 40 CFR Part 98 to require those reporting to provide the name, address, and percentage ownership of their U.S. parent company(s); their applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code(s); and an indication of whether or not any of their reported emissions are from a cogeneration unit. These amendments take effect on November 22, 2010 and reporters will be required to include this information when reporting their 2010 GHG emissions and in all subsequent annual GHG emissions reports. U.S. EPA intends to use this information to inform the implementation of Clean Air Act (CAA) strategies and to support more effective research on addressing GHG emissions requirements by providing for a more detailed understanding of GHG emissions sources.
The additional information that reporters must now include when submitting their annual GHG emissions report to U.S. EPA includes the following:
U.S. Parent Company
U.S. EPA had proposed two (2) options. The option that U.S. EPA has finalized will require reporting facilities to provide the names and physical addresses of all of their U.S. parent companies and their respective percentages of ownership. For this rule a “U.S. parent company” is the highest-level U.S. company (or companies) with an ownership interest in the reporting entity as of December 31 of the year for which data are being reported. A table in the preamble to the final rule amendment provides guidance on how facilities should report based on various ownership structures.
Each facility required to report GHG emissions under 40 CFR Part 98 will be required to report its primary NAICS code and any additional applicable NAICS codes. For purposes of this rule a facility’s primary NAICS code is considered to be the six-digit code (as defined in the NAICS Manual 2007) that most accurately describes the facility’s primary product/activity/service which is the principal source of revenue for the facility. Reporters can also list additional NAICS codes that describe products/activities/services which are not related to their principle source of revenue.
Reporting facilities must indicate whether any reported emissions include GHG emissions from a cogeneration unit located at the facility (either yes or no). U.S. EPA wants to be able to identify the types and characteristics of facilities that employ cogeneration technologies, as this information may be important to future development of GHG mitigation strategies.
Facilities subject to 40 CFR Part 98 are required to report the above information annually as it exists on December 31 of the year for which data are being reported.