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U.S. Federal Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Audit Protocol

Item Id: GHGUSAO1
 
Beginning in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated that Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be monitored and calculated each year and reported by March 31 of the following year.

The US Federal Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Audit Protocol is used to assess whether or not owners and operators of facilities in sectors that burn substantial amounts of fuel, or use GHGs (and selected suppliers of fuels and GHGs), are sufficiently prepared to submit annual GHG emission reports. The regulations covered are 40 CFR 98. The concise directives outlined in this publication help auditors, owners and operators of facilities ensure their compliance with EPA regulations.

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Benefits

  • Offers a procedural greenhouse gas audit protocol to help owners or operators of facilities prepare for an audit
  • Helps both new and experienced auditors thoroughly identify the GHG reporting challenges facing a particular entity, and determine if the entity is in compliance with existing regulations
  • Includes applicability tables that help the user quickly and easily determine which general and sector-specific requirements of the rules apply to the entity in question
  • Offers a step-by-step approach that enables customizing of greenhouse gas audit reporting by selecting specific modules
  • Enables entities to be proactive in response to the EPA and to ensuring compliance, and avoiding the consequences of noncompliance

Topic Areas

  • General requirements
  • Annual GHG emission reports
  • General stationary fuel combustion
  • Electricity generation
  • Adipic acid production
  • Aluminum production
  • Ammonia manufacturing
  • Cement production
  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Ferroalloy production
  • Fluorinated gas production
  • Glass production
  • HCFC-22 production and HFC-23 destruction
  • Hydrogen production
  • Iron and steel production
  • Lead production
  • Lime manufacturing
  • Magnesium production
  • Miscellaneous uses of carbonate
  • Nitric acid production
  • Petroleum and natural gas systems
  • Petrochemical production
  • Petroleum refineries
  • Phosphoric acid production
  • Pulp and paper manufacturing
  • Silicon carbide production
  • Soda ash manufacturing
  • Electrical transmission and distribution equipment use
  • Titanium dioxide production
  • Underground coal mines
  • Zinc production
  • Municipal solid waste landfills
  • Industrial wastewater treatments
  • Manure management
  • Geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide
  • Electrical equipment manufacture or refurbishment
  • Industrial waste landfills
  • Injection of carbon dioxide
  • Suppliers of coal-based liquid fuels
  • Suppliers of petroleum products
  • Suppliers of natural gas and natural gas liquids
  • Suppliers of industrial greenhouse gases
  • Suppliers of carbon dioxide
  • Importers and exporters of fluorinated GHGs contained in pre-charged equipment or closed-cell foams

Features

Applicability TablesApplicability Tables facilitate quick and easy determination of which regulations and sections of the checklists apply to specific facility operations
Pre-Audit PreparationLists materials to be reviewed before conducting an audit
RulebookProvides comprehensive, detailed requirement statements, with guidance on compliance issues and inspection procedures and practices
ScoresheetEnable quick recording of a facility’s compliance status for each requirement. Additional features include Customizable Scoresheets.

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