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April 11, 2012

BCSE Submits Comments to CEQ on Improvements to the Federal Government’s Greenhouse Gas Accounting Rules

Executive Order 13514, issued on October 5, 2009, requires federal agencies to measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions toward agency-defined targets. In comments submitted yesterday to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the BCSE offered suggestions to make sure the implementation of the Executive Order includes rules that increase accuracy over time and promote consistency with other programs.

To that end, the BCSE suggested that CEQ allow federal agencies more flexibility in selecting the most accurate, geographically-relevant, and up-to-date emissions rate possible. Giving federal agencies  the option to use utility-specific data in lieu of the Environmental Protection Agency’s e-GRID data for Scope 2 emissions requirements, the BCSE suggested, will provide more flexibility and accuracy in certain cases, which will in turn better recognize and incentivize federal agency investments in clean energy. Accuracy and integrity in measuring and reporting emissions is good for public policy and for clean energy development.

To learn more about the Council’s recommendations on Executive Order 13514, please view the full comments.