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 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 • 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 • 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
States With GHG Registries and Reporting Pew Center for Global Climate Change
States With Climate Action Plans Pew Center for Global Climate Change
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 • 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
Membership • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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? • 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? • 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 • 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? • 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
www.kdheks.gov Our Vision – Healthy Kansans living in safe and sustainable environments.