Governing Law and Regulations
Reporting GHG emissions:
Mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting: 40 CFR 98
Voluntary carbon sequestration registry: Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-6-220 to 12-6-323
Georgia Forestry Commission
Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority
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.
Georgia has implemented a voluntary program for the reporting of GHG emissions and has developed statutes for the establishment of a voluntary carbon sequestration registry.
• Administration and enforcement. The Georgia Forestry Commission and the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority administer the voluntary carbon sequestration registry.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
At this time Georgia 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.
Georgia 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.
In addition, state statutes have established a voluntary carbon sequestration ...