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Climate Change Policy Update. August 29, 2014 Thomas Gross Bureau of Air and Radiation Kansas Department of Health and Environment. What’s New in Climate Change?. Sept 14 – Alaska creates Climate Change Sub-Cabinet Sept 12 – Virginia announces state-wide energy plan

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Climate change policy update

Climate Change Policy Update

August 29, 2014

Thomas Gross

Bureau of Air and Radiation

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

What s new in climate change
What’s New in Climate Change?

  • Sept 14 – Alaska creates Climate Change Sub-Cabinet

  • Sept 12 – Virginia announces state-wide energy plan

  • Sept 12 - Vermont’s GHG vehicle emission standards upheld in court

  • Aug 28 - Illinois law enacts renewable energy and efficiency standards

  • August 22 – Western Climate Initiative announces emissions target of 15% by 2020

  • Aug 20 – North Carolina becomes 25th state to enact renewable portfolio standard (12.5% by 2021)

  • August 6 – Oregon sets GHG reduction standards 10% by 2020

Ghg policy options
GHG Policy Options

  • Participate in GHG registry

  • Develop climate action plan

  • Enact renewable portfolio standards

  • Adopt GHG tailpipe standards for passenger vehicles

  • Enact GHG emission reduction standards

  • Enact energy efficiency resource standards

  • Participate in GHG emissions trading program

  • Many others

Climate change policy update

States With GHG Registries and Reporting

Pew Center for Global Climate Change

Climate change policy update

States With Climate Action Plans

Pew Center for Global Climate Change

The climate registry tcr
The Climate Registry (TCR)

  • Multi state, province, tribal registry organization

  • Incorporated as a 501(c)3 in Washington D.C.

  • Started in March 2007

  • So far

    • 39 States

    • District of Columbia

    • 3 Tribes

    • 2 Canadian provinces

    • Mexican state of Sonora

Mission and purpose
Mission and Purpose

  • Develop a common system to measure, track, verify, and report GHG emissions

    • Accurate

    • Transparent

    • Consistent across borders and industry sectors

  • Support diverse state climate reporting and/or reduction policies

    • Voluntary

    • Market-based

    • Regulatory

  • Promote linkages between emerging carbon markets


  • Eligible for membership

    • States & Tribes

    • Districts, Territories, and U.S. Possessions

    • Canadian Provinces and Mexican States

  • “Member” is different than “reporter”

  • Members agree to principles and goals and appoint representative to Board of Directors

Tcr benefits
TCR Benefits

  • Standardize best practices in emission reporting—not just within U.S.

  • Infrastructure could facilitate future federal, state or local actions

  • Vehicle for politically diverse states to act together

  • Lower costs for states and for reporters of emissions

Implementation tasks
Implementation Tasks

  • Develop emissions quantification framework

  • Create a general reporting protocol

  • Develop verification protocol

  • Create a data collection system

  • Create administrative processes to implement above

  • Draw on existing programs such as CA Registry, GHG Protocol tool, EU, etc.

Issues tentatively resolved
Issues Tentatively Resolved

  • 6 Kyoto gases will be reported annually

  • Reporting will be on facility level

  • Direct and indirect emissions reported

  • 3rd party verification required

  • Entities report for all North American facilities

  • Reporting measures for specific sectors, such as EGUs

  • De minimis reporting levels: 3%

Unresolved issues
Unresolved Issues

  • Levels of membership

    • Reporters- meet requirements in 1 yr

    • Transitional Reporters- meet requirements in 2 yrs

  • Public disclosure

    • Stakeholders concerned about proprietary info

  • Corporate entity definitions

    • Disclosure of interest in other companies, parent/subsidiary relationships

  • Software tools

What s next for tcr
What’s next for TCR?

  • Draft reporting protocol

    • Completed and being reviewed

    • Final due in January

  • Verification system and protocol

    • Draft expected next month

    • Final due in January

  • Software reporting system

    • Strategy developed by October

    • Fully operable by March 2008

Why did kansas join tcr
Why did Kansas join TCR?

  • A seat at the table

    • Participate in reporting protocol development

    • Make contacts with climate change staff and decision makers in other states

    • Learn from their decisions and actions

  • Show Kansas’ commitment to the issue

Western climate initiative
Western Climate Initiative

  • Collaboration between Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and British Columbia

  • Launched in February 2007

  • Kansas and other states are observers

  • GHG goal is aggregate reduction of 15% below 2005 levels by 2020

  • Developing market-based mechanism to help achieve goal by August 2008

  • Will use TCR data

What s next for kdhe
What’s Next for KDHE?

  • Draft statewide GHG emissions inventory

  • Continue participation in TCR development

  • Monitor progress of Western Climate Initiative and other programs

  • Improve coordination with Kansas energy agencies/organizations

Climate change policy update

Our Vision – Healthy Kansans living in safe and sustainable environments.