Thirty-one states, representing over 70 percent of the U.S. population, are charter members of The Climate Registry, signing on to measure, track, verify and publicly report GHG emissions across borders and industry sectors.
The program could be a precursor to multi-state market trading programs like the one set up by the European Union as part of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, The LA Times reports.
“We believe a credible reporting system of greenhouse gas emissions is the first step in developing government policy and corporate programs that will change behaviors, spark innovation and deliver reductions of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Bob Malone, Chairman and President of BP America.
The list of founding member states and tribes thus far includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Campo Kumeyaay Nation. Two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Manitoba, have also committed to participate.
According to its Website, The Climate Registry plans to hold its first board of directors meeting on May 23.