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Executive Order (EO) 13514 makes each Department responsible to report FY2010 GHG emissions to CEQ via the FEMP reporting tool. Departments must also report their FY2008 base year GHG emissions. Both of these reports are due by the end of January 2011.

Step-by-Step GHG Inventory Process

These pages present a generic step-by-step guide to the processes of greenhouse gas accounting tuned to the normal needs of federal agencies. Agency inventories are complicated by a number of factors.

This guide covers the following topics:

This guide does not discuss issues related to GHG mitigation – the effort to reduce GHG emissions. Agencies have set GHG mitigation targets and those targets are percentage reductions relative to base year GHG emissions values that will be reported through a GHG inventory process such as the one described here.

We hope that this step-by-step guide will facilitate the effort and simplify the process. As with any general guide to a complex subject, not all nuances can be covered here. These materials should be considered a starting point. You are encouraged to reach out to the DOE Federal Energy Management Program and refer to other resources on the Greenhouse Gas Program Area of the FedCenter web site for additional support to understand this process.

The step-by-step process is available in four formats. You can browse throughout this site, following the links, for a complete and detailed descriptions of the actions needed for your agency's GHG inventory. In that case, we recommend that you begin here. Or, you can download this information in four formats:

1. MS Word version of Step-by-Step GHG Inventory Process for those who prefer to read offline.

2. Adobe PDF version of Step-by-Step GHG Inventory Process for those who want to distribute this offline and ensure the instructions are not modified.

3. MS Excel version of Step-by-Step GHG Inventory Process for those who want to add their own steps and modify the order of events.

4. MS Project version of Step-by-Step GHG Inventory Process for those who want to see the dependencies and insert their own estimates of level of effort, resources and priorities.

Agencies who would like support modifying the MS Project version to adopt it to their own needs and planning may contact NREL for more information on the support available.

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