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Eastern Climate Registry
supporting state and regional
climate goals
Heather Kaplan, Registry Program Director
WRAP Meeting
Salt Lake City, Utah
April 4th & 5th, 2006
Eastern Climate Registry: Purpose
(the Registry formerly known as “RGGR”)
The Eastern Climate Registry will support
multiple climate policy and program needs:
• Emissions reporting
• Emissions tracking
• Provide the infrastructure for voluntary and
mandatory GHG reporting programs
• Help implement state and regional climate
change initiatives
Eastern Climate Registry: Goal
Registries need to create a consistent GHG
reporting and accounting platform to:
 Document credible data
 Develop consistent accounting standards
 Establish a common currency
Eastern Climate Registry: History
• NEG/ECP Climate Change Action Plan (2001)
• State Climate Change Action Plans: CT, MA,
• State legislation in CT and ME
• Mandatory GHG reporting programs: CT, ME, NJ
• Cap & Trade: CT, DE, ME, NH, NJ, NY, VT
Eastern Climate Registry:
Eastern Climate Registry
(CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
Voluntary Reporting
we will encourage
companies and
organizations to report
GHG emissions into ECR
State Mandatory
Reporting Programs
states with GHG reporting
requirements will feed
data into ECR
Regulatory Cap &
Trade Programs
(e.g., RGGI)
ECR will serve as regional
emissions and allowance
tracking system
Eastern Climate Registry:
Building Blocks
1) Accounting principles
• Sector, sources, and gases covered
• Geographical boundaries
• Verification/Certification
• Project-based accounting
2) Quantification protocols
• Calculation methodologies and tools (e.g., agricultural sector, cement
sector, mobile sources, etc.)
3) Reporting platform
• Software design and data input
Eastern Climate Registry: Timeline
• Ten Eastern States now in process of
signing formal MOU
• Facilitating final stakeholder process for
voluntary reporting program in April/May
• Plan to recruit companies to report and
become operational in Summer/Fall 2006
Registry Alliance:
A Multi-State GHG Registry Collaboration
• As state GHG registries emerge companies are confused
about where and how to report leading to:
• decreased participation
• lack of standardization in accounting standards and procedures
• competition between voluntary programs
• WRI sponsored workshop between Eastern Climate Registry
and California Registry to discuss potential synergies –
LADCO & other states (e.g., AZ, NM) participated as
• Participants agreed there’s clear overlap on GHG accounting
standards and quantification methodologies and that states
should work towards harmonizing their programs
The Registry Alliance: Phase I
• Facilitate Registry Alliance Working Group
• streamline process for other states to join
• Ensure consistent GHG accounting and
reporting requirements
• Create a single reporting portal
• common web interface and national reporting
The Registry Alliance: Phase II
• Phase II work plan defined by Registry
Alliance Working Group
• Potential centralization of multi-state registry
database system
third-party verification
outreach to reporters
Registry Alliance: Timeline
Spring 2006:
• Agreement to establish the Registry Alliance signed between
California Registry and NESCAUM (LADCO participating as
official observer); other states/regions can join Alliance at any
Summer – Fall 2006:
• Development of a Registry Alliance Working Group with state
participation and stakeholder feedback
Winter 2006 – Fall 2007:
• Phase I Implementation of Registry Alliance work plan
Contact Info:
Heather Kaplan
Climate Policy Analyst, NESCAUM
[email protected]