Peabody, Massachusetts. TÜV SÜD America Inc. announces that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has approved the Massachusetts-based company as a Verification Body to provide verification services for the Massachusetts Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Program.
The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) required MassDEP to promulgate mandatory GHG reporting regulations. In response, MassDEP issued a regulation (310 CMR 7.71) that:
- Identified the types of facilities that are required to report,
- Required those facilities to register with MassDEP by April 15, 2009,
- Establishes the methodologies that must be used to calculate emissions (published in The Climate Registry General Reporting Protocol),
- Establishes requirements for verification of emission calculations,
- Allows voluntary reporting by facilities that are not required to report, and
- Establishes specific requirements for retail sellers of electricity.
The Massachusetts GHG Reporting Program will affect approximately 300 Massachusetts facilities as follows:
- Those that have an air operating permit (Title V) from MassDEP (i.e. stationary power production sources such as electricity generation and other large stationary sources), and
- Those that emit > 5,000 short tons of CO2 equivalent per year (this requirement will eventually capture manufacturing facilities that are fairly large users of energy).
"As the only Massachusetts-based, ANSI-accredited Verification Body currently operating under the program, we can offer clients cost-effective services with easy local access," stated Mr. Paul Wierl, Director of Industry Services at TÜV SÜD America. He added that "along with the Massachusetts GHG Reporting Program, our experts have experience in major North American programs such as The Climate Registry, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, California's AB32 program, and international programs such as the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and the Clean Development Mechanism. This breadth of knowledge and expertise allows TÜV SÜD America to provide organizations with a one-stop solution for all their GHG reporting requirements."
For more information about TÜV SÜD America's Greenhouse Gas Services, visit www.tuvamerica.com/ghg.
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Greenhouse Gas Program Manager
TÜV SÜD America Inc.
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Marketing Communications Specialist
TÜV SÜD America Inc.
About the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
The Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/dep.
About TÜV SÜD America Industry Service
TÜV SÜD America's Industry Service division offers a variety of global conformity assessment services that help ensure a product's acceptance and success in the global marketplace. Industry Service's full suite of services includes engineering, construction and repair services for the power and process industries, carbon management, greenhouse gas services, consulting, third-party inspection, testing & certification. The group is an ANSI-accredited GHG Verification Body and is active under all major North American and international GHG programs. The Industry Service division also provides Notified Body services through its parent organization TÜV SÜD Group, a Notified Body for the PED and TPED, and other EU Directives.