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What makes the federal GHG inventory process complicated?

Agency inventories are complicated by a number of factors:

  • The GHG inventory process is new to the federal government and few individuals within the federal government have direct experience with this process.
  • Federal operations are subject to many regulations and other considerations that complicate the process or that require special training and permissions for various steps in the process.
  • Many federal agencies collect relevant data using diverse systems and for disparate purposes so that the required data may be widely disbursed and difficult to access. In some cases, access may require special permissions or the data may be mixed with other data for which access is limited.

For all of these reasons and others, the federal GHG inventory process will require care and diligence. This is further complicated by the short time period and limited resources agencies will have to complete the first GHG inventory.