Cap-and-invest emissions reporting
In Washington, businesses that emit more than 10,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent per year are required to report their emissions to our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Program. The Climate Commitment Act (CCA) builds off of this existing reporting framework, but also has specific emissions reporting requirements unique to the cap-and-invest program.
We began trainings for the third-party verification in September 2023, and have since concluded our trainings. Our Third-party verification page has details on trainings and other resources for both reporting entities and verifiers. Starting in 2022, we held trainings on how to complete and submit emissions reports to Ecology. Information about those trainings can be found at the bottom of this page.
Under the CCA, all businesses covered by the cap-and-invest program must report their emissions so that we can track program compliance and emissions-reduction progress over time.
In addition, the Legislature designated three business types — natural gas utilities, electric utilities, and "emissions-intensive, trade-exposed" entities (EITEs) — that receive some of their emissions allowances for free. These businesses must report additional information so that we can determine the number of no cost allowances they should receive.
CCA reporting deadlines
In our recent rulemaking, we adopted a series of reporting deadlines that will enable us to analyze the reported data, provide no cost allowances, and track businesses' compliance obligations in a timely manner — keeping Washington on track to acheive total carbon neutrality by 2050.
Emissions reporting trainings
In order to help covered businesses participate effectively in the cap-and-invest program, we are providing a series of trainings aimed at specific business types that need to submit reports in addition to what is required under the GHG Reporting Program.
Timely and accurate emissions reporting is a critical part of fulfilling a business's cap-and-invest compliance obligation, so we strongly encourage anyone with covered emissions to participate in the relevant trainings.
There are currently no trainings scheduled for cap-and-invest emissions reporting or third-party emissions verification.
Click the Past Trainings tab, to the right, for information about the recent training we held covering how to register for and use the updated GHGReg platform, as well as our specialized reporting trainings for EITEs and fuel suppliers.
To be added to an email list for announcements of upcoming trainings, or if you do not see the training you are looking for, please email GHGReporting@ecy.wa.gov.
The following trainings were held in 2022 and 2023. To request a link to the recording and a copy of the slides for any of these trainings, please email us using the links below.
GHG Registration System Training
In December 2022, we held a training for all GHG reporters covering how to register for and use the updated GHG Registration platform (GHGReg).
This training is strongly recommended for anyone that is required to report emissions under Chapter 173-441 WAC, even if your business already reports or does not have emissions above the 25,000 metric ton threshold for the cap-and-invest program.
In August 2022, we hosted an emissions reporting training for EITEs. Industries that fall into this category are outlined in the CCA, and include oil refineries, pulp and paper mills, and large manufacturers.
In September 2022, we held a training for businesses participating in the cap-and-invest program that supply fuels other than natural gas, such as gasoline, diesel, and propane.
Introduction to Third-Party Verification for Reporters
In October 2023, we held a training covering how to begin the third-party verification process in the GHGReg platform, what to expect during the verification process, and how to prepare.