Hawaii GHG Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Hawaii GHG Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting: 40 CFR 98

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GHG permitting: Hawaii Administrative Rule (HAR) 11-60.1-81 to 11-60.1-104, HAR 11-60.1-131, and HAR 11-60.1-132, and 40 CFR 70 Appendix A

GHG reduction plan: HAR 11-60.1-204 and HAR 11-60.1-205

GHG reduction targets: Global Warming Solutions Act of 2007 (Act 234)

Statewide emissions cap: HAR 11-60.1-203

Climate action plan: Act 234

Regulatory Agencies

Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Environmental Health Administration Environmental Management Division Clean Air Branch

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

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.

Hawaii has passed legislation and developed regulations at the state level to address GHG emissions. In addition, the state is working with other states to implement regional programs to monitor GHG emissions.

· Administration and enforcement. The Clean Air Branch of DOH’s Division of Environmental Health administers the state’s climate change programs to address GHG emissions and coordinates with other states to assist in the implementation of regional climate change initiatives.

State Requirements


Mandatory Reporting

EPA has implemented mandatory GHG reporting requirements for selected source categories. See the national section GHG MANAGEMENT for more information on mandatory GHG reporting.

Voluntary ...

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