Iowa GHG Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Iowa GHG Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting: 40 CFR 98

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Climate action plan (CAP): IA Code 455B.851

Regulatory Agency

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Applicable sources must comply with the federal greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program under 40 CFR 98.

Iowa has developed statutes and plans to address GHG emissions and is working with other states to implement regional programs to monitor and control GHG emissions.

Administration and enforcement. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administers programs to quantify and control GHG emissions, as well as coordinate with other states to assist in the implementation of regional climate change initiatives.

State Requirements


Mandatory Reporting

At this time, Iowa 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.


IA Code 455B.851

1996 CAP. The Iowa climate action plan (CAP), titled the Iowa Greenhouse Gas Action Plan, was issued in December 1996, and identifies 34 actions to reduce GHG emissions in the following sectors:

  • Agriculture
  • Agroecosystems/energy crops
  • Transportation
  • Utility
  • Commercial and industrial
  • Residential

Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council Final Report. The Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council, established in 2007, must evaluate strategies and policies and develop multiple scenarios to reduce GHG emissions in Iowa, including a scenario to meet the aforementioned GHG reduction targets. Short-term, medium-term, and long-term reduction scenarios must consider ...

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