Climate Commitment Act 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.


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Trainings available!

In December 2022, we held a training covering how to register and submit emissions reports in the updated GHG Registration platform. Any business that is required to report its emissions needs to register in this updated platform. Please email us for a link to the recording and a copy of the slides.

Cap-and-invest help desks

For any questions about emissions reporting and verification, please contact GHGReporting@ecy.wa.gov.

For any questions about registering to participate in cap-and-invest auctions and trading, please contact RegistrarCCA@ecy.wa.gov.

For any other questions about the cap-and-invest program, you can direct inquires to the point of contact found at the bottom of this page.

Reporting emissions

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. We will provide trainings for entities that need to submit specialized information.


CCA reporting deadlines

In our current rulemaking, we are proposing 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 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.

We are working to schedule emissions reporting trainings for electric power entities, facilities, and third-party emissions verification experts. Information about how to register for these trainings will be posted once available.

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 GHG Registration platform (GHGReg), as well as our specialized reporting trainings for EITEs and fuel suppliers.

The following trainings were held in 2022. 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.

Request the GHGReg training

EITEs

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.

Request the EITE training

Fuel Suppliers

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.

Request the Fuel Supplier training