Governing Law and Regulations
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
See ADDRESSES AND 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.
Virginia is developing programs to address GHG emissions in order to meet a state-established GHG emissions reduction target. In addition, the state is working with other states to implement regional programs to monitor GHG emissions.
• Administration and enforcement. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) administers the state's GHG management programs to address GHG emissions and coordinates with other states to assist in the implementation of regional climate change initiatives.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
At this time, Virginia 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.
Virginia is a member of the Climate Registry, which supports voluntary and regulatory GHG emissions reporting programs. See REGIONAL PROGRAMS