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Following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Climate Change Advisory Committee earlier this week, Acting Secretary John Hanger announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection has taken a critical step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enabling businesses to create solutions that will limit climate change.
During the committee’s meeting on Wednesday, the 21-member panel recommended that DEP officially designate registries, or systems, that businesses can use to voluntarily collect information about their greenhouse gas emissions and document their successes in reducing or offsetting emissions.
DEP accepted the recommendation and adopted The Climate Registry as the emissions registry and three different organizations for offset registries.
“Identifying the sources and amounts of greenhouse gas emissions is essential to creating a robust program to combat climate change,” said Hanger. “This information can provide a roadmap for Pennsylvania businesses to voluntarily participate in national and international programs that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help provide the climate stability Pennsylvania’s economy and infrastructure depend on.”
Pennsylvania joined 30 other states last year in becoming charter members of The Climate Registry, which is a tool that measures, tracks, verifies and publicly reports greenhouse gas emissions accurately, transparently and consistently across borders and industry sectors. DEP has actively worked to create and develop The Climate Registry and its general verification and reporting protocols.
The registry will support voluntary, market-based and regulatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting programs.
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