Governing Law and Regulations
Mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting: 40 CFR 98
Climate action plan (CAP): 71 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 1361.7
Vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: 25 Pa. Code 126.411
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, Radiation, and Remediation Management
DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance
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.
Pennsylvania has developed statutes and regulations that address GHG emissions. In addition, the state is working with other states to implement regional programs to monitor and control GHG emissions.
• Administration and enforcement. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, Radiation, and Remediation Management and the Office of Energy and Technology cooperatively administer the state's GHG management programs to address GHG emissions and coordinate with other states to assist in the implementation of regional climate change initiatives.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
At this time, Pennsylvania has no mandatory GHG reporting requirements beyond the federal mandatory GHG reporting rule. See the national section GHG MANAGEMENT for more ...