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Resources for Federal Managers Responsible for Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Accounting

As of May 14, 2011

Document Description

This document includes a short description and link to online resources that may be of help to Federal managers and staff responsible for greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting and accounting, or other climate change related activities. Resources are divided into the following categories:

  • US Federal Government Websites

  • GHG Reporting, Accounting, and Trading Organizations

  • Organizations that Provide Resources, Analysis, and Reports on Climate Change

  • International Organizations that Provide Resources, Analysis, and Reports on Climate Change

  • Daily and Weekly News Sources

  • RSS News Feeds

This document is a work in progress. If we have missed an important source, please email ascarnahan@lmi.org.

Inclusion in this document does not imply endorsement of these sites by FEMP or DOE.DOE is not responsible for the availability or content of these individual pages.

US Federal Government Websites

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC). CDIAC is the primary climate-change data and information analysis center of the Department of Energy (DOE). CDIAC is located at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and includes the World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases. The website contains analysis and reports on GHG concentrations, the carbon cycle, measured changes in the earth's climate, long-term climate trends, and other climate change related issues. Website: http://cdiac.ornl.gov/

DOE Climate Change. This website summarizes DOE offices and programs in the area of climate change. Website: http://www.energy.gov/environment/climatechange.htm

DoD Goes Green. A webpage with information on Department of Defense efforts to implement clean energy projects. Contains articles, blogs and video on topics ranging from alternative fuels to net zero installations. Website: http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/1010_energy/

EPA Climate Change. The Environmental Protection Agency's climate change website. Contains news and information on new and proposed EPA rules, reports, and events relevant to climate change. Includes scientific information, climate change indicators, regulatory initiatives, related programs (such as Methane to Markets, Energy Star), and climate news. Website: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/

FedCenter.The Federal government's home for comprehensive environmental stewardship and compliance assistance information (website: http://www.fedcenter.gov). The FedCenter GHG Program Areaincludes the latest guidance and information resources to aid Federal facilities in managing GHG emissions. Includes current guidance, policies, and trends related to climate change/global warming, calculation of carbon footprints, GHG inventories, and the application of offsets to reduce carbon footprints. Website: https://www.fedcenter.gov/programs/greenhouse/

Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). FEMP is DOE's program to facilitate the Federal Government's implementation of sound, cost-effective energy management and investment practices. FEMP's news site focuses on DOE and Federal government news: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/news/news.html

Government Accountability Office (GAO). Website includes all GAO publications related to climate change since 1990. Website: http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/featured/climate_change.html

State Department Climate Change site. Website of US State Department global diplomatic efforts on climate change, including international efforts through the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Website: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/climate/index.htm

US Climate Change Technology Program. A multi-agency research and development program for the development of climate change technology. Summarized here, and with a website "under renovation": http://www.climatetechnology.gov/

US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The USGCRP coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their social implications at 13 US agencies and departments. Website includes results of climate change research in the United States, including the annual report of climate research to Congress, Our Changing Planet. Website: http://www.globalchange.gov/

GHG Reporting, Accounting, and Trading Organizations

California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency. The website primarily concerns activities and strategies California state agencies and other groups are taking on climate issues, coordinated by the state's Climate Action Team. The CARB Climate Change website: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/cc.htm. The CA Climate Change Portal: http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/index.php

California Climate Action Registry (CCAR). California's a voluntary GHG registry. CCAR develops reporting standards and tools for organizations in California to measure, monitor, third-party verify and reduce their GHG emissions consistently. Website: http://www.climateregistry.org/

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). CDP is a voluntary global GHG emissions reporting system with about 3,000 reporting organizations. The website primarily contains user tools, but also includes reports on corporate climate change impacts and reporting. Website: https://www.cdproject.net/en-US/Pages/HomePage.aspx

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The RGGI is a mandatory, market-based effort to reduce GHG emissions and includes 10 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. The website is mainly a user portal, but includes current information about the status of RGGI auctions and state rules. Website: http://rggi.org/home

The Climate Registry (TCR). TCR is a voluntary GHG emission registry that sets standards to calculate, verify and publicly report GHG emissions. Website includes access to the Climate Registry Information System (CRIS) (an accounting, reporting, and verification tool), public reports from members, and other related information. Website: http://www.theclimateregistry.org/

Western Climate Initiative (WCI). When implemented in 2012, the WCI will be a regional cap-and-trade program encompassing two-thirds of total emissions in the WCI jurisdictions, up to 90 percent by 2015. The website contains information on program design, management structure, and resources. Website: http://www.westernclimateinitiative.org/

Organizations that Provide Resources, Analysis, and Reports on Climate Change

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Climate Change Reports. The Congressional Research Service (CRS), part of the Library of Congress, prepares its reports for the US Congress. CRS does not itself provide these documents to the general public. The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding, maintaining and updating its database of CRS reports. Website: http://ncseonline.org/nle/crs/Detail.cfm?Category=Climate%20Change

The GHG Institute. The GHG Institute is a non-profit membership organization that analyzes issues related to climate change and provides training. It newly began publishing the Greenhouse Gas Measurement & Management journal. Website: http://ghginstitute.org/

National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research. The Earth & Life Studies Division of the National Academies of Science publishes climate and weather related publications to its website: http://dels.nas.edu/Climate/Reports-Academies-Findings

Pew Center on Global Climate Change. The center provides analysis and resources on climate change science, technology, policy, markets, and initiatives through an extensive website. The Climate Change 101 series(updated 2011) may be interesting to Federal staff new to the climate change area. The States and Regions page may also provide relevant information. Website: http://www.pewclimate.org/

Resources for the Future (RFF). RFF does research into myriad issues surrounding energy and climate policy. Studies include economic and market effects of policy options (like cap-and-trade or carbon tax), both internationally and in the United States. The website contains publications in several technical areas, including adaptation, afforestation, land use, and the like. Website: http://www.rff.org/focus_areas/Pages/Energy_and_Climate.aspx

World Resources Institute (WRI) and the GHG Protocol Initiative. WRI is a global environmental think tank that does research and provides tools regarding the policy and science of climate change issues. WRI partnered with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to form the GHG Protocol Initiative. Areas include governance, markets, social impacts, and energy. WRI also published the Corporate GHG Accounting Protocol and, with LMI the Public Sector GHG Accounting Protocol. Websites: http://www.wri.org/ and http://www.ghgprotocol.org/.

World Resources Report. Launched February 2011, the World Resources Report provides practical guidance and information about integrating climate risks for developing country national decision makers. This includes integrating climate change risks into planning and policies across sectors such as agriculture, electricity production and forestry and water management. The website includes case studies, expert perspectives, in-country scenarios, and strategies for decision makers to use. Website: http://www.worldresourcesreport.org/