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California Climate Action Registry

The California Climate Action Registry is a non-profit public/private partnership that serves as a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) registry to protect, encourage, and promote early actions to reduce GHG emissions.
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515 S. Flower Street, Suite 1305
Los Angeles , CA 90071
Contact Person: Gwendy Donaker
Phone: 213.891.1444
Fax: 213.623.6716
E-Mail: gwendy@climateregistry.org
Website: http://www.climateregistry.org

Detailed Information:
The California Climate Action Registry (the Registry) was established by California statute as a non-profit voluntary registry for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The purpose of the Registry is to help companies and organizations with operations in the state to establish GHG emissions baselines against which any future GHG emission reduction requirements may be applied.

The Registry encourages voluntary actions to increase energy efficiency and decrease GHG emissions. Using any year from 1990 forward as a base year, participants can record their GHG emissions inventory. The State of California, in turn, will offer its best efforts to ensure that participants receive appropriate consideration for early actions in the event of any future state, federal or international GHG regulatory scheme. Registry participants include businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, state agencies, and other entities.

The Registry will provide a General Protocol and additional industry-specific protocols which will give guidance on how to inventory GHG emissions for participation in the Registry: what to measure, how to measure, the back-up data required, and certification requirements. When organizations become participants, they agree to register their GHG emissions for all operations in California, and are encouraged to report nationwide. Both gross emissions and efficiency metrics will be recorded. The Registry requires the inclusion of all direct GHG emissions, along with indirect GHG emissions from electricity use.

The Registry will require the reporting of only CO2 emissions for the first three years of participation, although participants are encouraged to report the remaining five GHGs covered in the Kyoto protocol (CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, and SF6). The reporting of all six gases is required after three years of Registry participation.

Specific Registry responsibilities include the following:

- Enable the voluntary recording of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions in a consistent, certified format.

- Qualify third-party organizations that have the capability to certify reported baseline emissions.

- Maintain a record of all certified GHG emissions baselines and emissions results.

- Adopt industry-specific reporting metrics.

- Encourage voluntary actions to increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.

- Provide participants with referrals to approved providers for technical assistance and advice on programs to monitor, estimate, calculate, report, and certify GHG emissions; establish emissions reduction goals; and improve energy efficiency.

- Recognize, publicize, and promote participants.

- Recruit broad participation from all economic sectors and regions of the state.

- Biennially report to the Governor and Legislature on Registry successes and challenges.

- Provide additional services for participants such as workshops, training seminars, and "best practices" exchanges

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