Governing Law and Regulations
Mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting: 40 CFR 98
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) 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.
Alabama has prepared a climate action plan (CAP) identifying actions to reduce GHG emissions, should they be deemed necessary. The state also participates in a voluntary GHG emissions registry.
• Administration and enforcement. ADEM administers and enforces the state's GHG management programs.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
At this time, Alabama 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.
Alabama is a member of the Climate Registry, which supports voluntary and regulatory GHG emissions reporting programs. See REGIONAL PROGRAMS in this section for more information on the Climate Registry.
The Alabama CAP, titled Policy Planning to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Alabama, was issued in 1997 and identifies 20 options to reduce GHG emissions in the following five sectors:
- Energy efficiency
- Waste reduction and recycling
- Methane/natural gas reductions