Governing Law and Regulations
Greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets:
Creation of the Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change (LCGCC): Session Law (SL) 2005-442, SL 2006-73, and SL 2008-81
Climate Action Plan:
Study on potential control of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired utility plants and other stationary sources: Clean Smokestacks Act (CSA) of 2002
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Environmental Management Commission Division of Air Quality (DAQ)
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.
North Carolina has already developed and implemented GHG management policies and plans to address GHG emissions in the state.
• Administration and enforcement. The Division of Air Quality under DENR's Environmental Management Commission will administer the state's GHG management programs to address GHG emissions.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
At this time North Carolina 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.
North Carolina is a member of the Climate Registry, which supports voluntary and ...