Governing Law and Regulations
Mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting: 40 CFR 98
GHG reduction targets: House Bill (HB) 2460 (Act 696)
Climate Action Plan (CAP): HB 2460
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Air Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Before 2009, little action was taken at the federal level, beyond voluntary initiatives, to implement greenhouse gas (GHG) management strategies ensuring that GHG emissions are accounted for and controlled. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has changed its stance and is initiating actions to monitor and control GHG emissions.
Arkansas has developed statutes and policies to address GHG emissions in order to meet state-established GHG emissions reduction targets.
• Administration and enforcement. ADEQ's Air Division will administer the state's GHG management programs.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
At this time, Arkansas has no mandatory GHG reporting requirements beyond the federal mandatory GHG reporting rule. See the national section GHG MANAGEMENT for more information on mandatory GHG reporting.
GHG REDUCTION TARGETS
The Governor's Commission on Global Warming recommends the following GHG emissions reduction targets:
- By 2020: Reduce GHG emissions to 20 percent below 2000 levels.
- By 2025: Reduce GHG emissions to 35 percent below 2000 levels.
- By 2035: Reduce GHG emissions to 50 percent below 2000 levels.
CLIMATE ACTION PLAN (CAP)
Under HB 2460, the Governor's Commission on Global Warming was directed to develop a comprehensive strategic plan ...