For Immediate Release
April 2, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Secretary Announces Kansas Participation in Voluntary
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Standards

The Climate Registry has announced a new standard, the General Reporting Protocol, a comprehensive guideline outlining how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be voluntarily reported by organizations that participate in The Climate Registry program, North America’s largest climate change initiative.

Kansas is a member of the board of directors of The Climate Registry. The board includes representatives from 39 U.S. States, seven Canadian Provinces, six Mexican States, three Native American tribes and the District of Columbia. Kansas joined the Registry in May 2007.

“We are proud to have participated in the development of the General Reporting Protocol, which will most likely serve as the foundation for federal reporting standards when they are developed and implemented,” said KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby. “I encourage Kansas corporations and organizations to follow the lead of Westar Energy by joining the Registry and publicly reporting greenhouse gas emissions.”

Organizations that join The Climate Registry before May 1 will be considered Founding Reporters and will receive continued recognition for their outstanding environmental leadership in measuring and publicly reporting their greenhouse gas emissions on a voluntary basis. Seventy-five leading corporations, non-profit organizations, cities, and counties are currently reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to The Climate Registry.

The General Reporting Protocol is significant because it defines a comprehensive methodology to calculate, verify, and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions. The protocol document incorporates public comments from workshops conducted throughout North America.

The Registry has created a common standard for measuring, reporting and verifying GHG emissions, which is consistent across industry sectors and borders. The Registry’s database can help implement mandatory and market-based programs as well.

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