State to track greenhouse gas emissions, climate change

Hawai’i is officially part of The Climate Registry, joining 25 other states and one tribe as a co-founder in the largest greenhouse emission tracking task force.

The newly formed Climate Registry will serve as a national platform to assist measuring and managing greenhouse gases, with the potential of accommodating a state, regional and future federal climate change programs.

The entity will support both voluntary and mandatory GHG emissions reporting and reduction programs by standardizing emissions information across borders and industry sectors. The Registry is expected to be functional by Jan. 1.

On behalf of Gov. Linda Lingle, Health Director Chiyome Fukino, M.D., said “Caring for our planet is an important responsibility. Joining the Climate Registry as a founding member will allow Hawai‘i to be among those helping foster positive environmental and climate change. The group also is set to launch a pollution reduction program.

The Climate Registry fulfills the need for a common repository of GHG emissions data and standardizing the accounting, reporting and verification requirements.

As membership grows, it hopes to augment the nation’s attention to climate change and its effect on the world.

For more information, call Janice Okubo, 586-4442 .

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