Programs

Oregon rules require certain facilities to report their annual greenhouse gas emissions to DEQ using DEQ-approved protocols. The reporting program is providing us a better understanding of Oregon's emissions, contributing to a comprehensive inventory of Oregon's emissions, and improving our ability to track progress toward meeting emission reduction goals established by the state legislature.

Click on each facility type below to learn about who needs to report within each facility category, reporting deadlines and the methodologies facilities must use to calculate and report emissions.

 

Facilities required to report greenhouse gas emissions to DEQ

Facilities emitting 2,500 metric tons or more of carbon dioxide equivalent during a year, including:

​Overview

Certain facilities that hold an Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (ACDP) or Title V operating permit with Oregon are required to report greenhouse gas emissions to DEQ pursuant to OAR Chapter 340 Division 215.

In December 2015, DEQ updated EZ-Filer, the electronic reporting tool for air quality permit holders, to align the tool with the changes made to the rule and to simplify the reporting process. Details on the changes can be found below in the updated protocol document and EZ-Filer reporting tool guide. The protocols describe the types of facilities required to report, reporting deadlines and the methodologies and processes each facility must use to calculate and report its greenhouse gas emissions.

Reporting

If you would like to estimate your emissions outside of EZ-Filer, you are welcome to use our emissions calculators in Excel for fuel combustion and steam production.

Deadline

Facilities subject to the reporting program must annually report by March 31 following the calendar year or at the same time the facility’s annual report is due under the facility’s ACDP or Title V operating permit, whichever is later.

​Overview

Oregon rules require reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills that obtain a permit issued by DEQ's Materials Management program under OAR chapter 340 divisions 93 through 96 and which emit 2,500 metric tons or more of carbon dioxide equivalent during a year. The emission threshold includes all emission sources at the landfill, including the landfill's fugitive methane emissions and any onsite stationary fuel combustion.
 
The protocols document below describes the types of landfills required to report, reporting deadlines, exemptions and the methodologies each landfill must use to calculate and report its emissions.
 
Facilities with an industrial waste landfill should refer to the protocols for facilities with an air quality permit.
 

Reporting

Deadline

Landfills that must submit a greenhouse gas report to DEQ must generally report emissions for the prior calendar year by March 31st of the following year. However, if a landfill has an ACDP or Title V permit that specifies an annual permit report deadline at a date later than March 31st, then the landfill may report greenhouse gas emissions to DEQ by this later date.
 

​Overview

In August 2012, DEQ expanded the greenhouse gas reporting protocols for air quality permit holders to include municipal wastewater treatment facilities holding an air quality permit. DEQ is continuing to temporarily defer greenhouse gas reporting from any municipal wastewater treatment facility that does not hold an air quality permit.
 

Reporting

Facilities performing industrial wastewater treatment and which hold an air quality permit are required to report greenhouse gas emissions according to the protocols for air quality permit holders.
 
 
Suppliers of fuels and electricity, including:

Overview

Certain fuel distributors must report greenhouse gas emissions to DEQ, as specified by Oregon law (Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340, Division 215). The protocols below describe the types of businesses required to report, reporting deadlines and the methodologies and processes businesses must use to calculate and report their greenhouse gas emissions.

To simplify the reporting process DEQ has developed EZ-Fuels, an online reporting tool for fuel distributors to report greenhouse gas emissions. Fuel distributors must report greenhouse gas emissions utilizing EZ-Fuels annually.

Please note, the greenhouse gas reporting requirement is separate from the Oregon Clean Fuels reporting requirements. In specific instances small importers may satisfy their clean fuels reporting obligation with the greenhouse gas annual report. Details on this can be found on the Oregon Clean Fuels Program Regulations page.

Reporting

Please note that registration with EZ-Fuels requires a fuel distributor identification number. This number is specific to each company required to report. If you’re new to the reporting program or have forgotten your company’s identification number, please contact the DEQ greenhouse gas reporting program staff to retrieve it.

Deadline

Fuel distributors must annually report to DEQ’s greenhouse gas program by March 31 following the distribution year.

Certain propane importers are required to report greenhouse gas emissions to DEQ pursuant to OAR Chapter 340 Division 215. The protocols and reporting form are provided below. The protocols describe the types of businesses required to report, reporting deadlines and the methodologies and processes businesses must use to calculate and report their greenhouse gas emissions.

​Overview

Oregon rules require any person that sells or distributes natural gas to end users in Oregon to annually register and report the greenhouse gas emissions that will result from the combustion of the natural gas sold and distributed during the previous year. This includes local natural gas distributors and any natural gas pipelines that have direct connections to end users such as farms and industrial customers.

Reporting

Deadline

Natural gas suppliers must register and report their annual greenhouse gas emissions by March 31 following the emissions year.

Overview

Oregon rules require all investor owned utilities and electricity service suppliers that import, sell, allocate, or distribute electricity to end users in Oregon to annually register and report greenhouse gas emissions from the generation of electricity provided in the state during the previous year.

Reporting

In 2017, DEQ updated the reporting forms and protocols for investor owned utilities and electricity service providers to report greenhouse gas emissions to DEQ.  The forms and protocols below must be utilized for reporting 2016 and future year’s data.

Oregon rules authorize an investor owned utility serving jurisdictions both inside and outside of Oregon to rely upon a cost allocation methodology for allocating emissions associated with the generation of electricity distributed in Oregon. Utilities utilizing the cost allocation reporting methods must use DEQ’s Multi-Jurisdictional Reporting Form to report greenhouse gas emissions to DEQ.

Deadline 

Reports are due annually by June 1 following the emissions year.

Overview

Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340 Division 215 directs DEQ to collect greenhouse gas emissions from certain consumer-owned utilities. See the protocols document linked below for a description of the types of utilities required to report, reporting deadlines, and the processes DEQ is proposing utilities use to calculate and report their greenhouse gas emissions.

Reporting

In 2017 DEQ updated the protocols and forms for consumer-owned utilities to report greenhouse gas emissions to DEQ. The forms and protocols below must be utilized for reporting.
 
Oregon rules authorize a third party to report on behalf of a consumer-owned utility.
  • BPA is expected to report as a third party for utilities with service areas entirely within Oregon and that receive all their electricity from BPA.
  • PNGC is expected to report as a third party for all utilities that are a member of PNGC and that provide electricity to Oregonians. PNGC should use the PNGC-specific form provided below.

Deadline

Reports are due annually by June 1 following the emissions year.
 

Relationship to federal greenhouse gas reporting requirements

40 CFR. Part 98 requires large facilities and suppliers of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States to report those emissions to EPA. EPA's reporting program applies to facilities emitting 25,000 metric tons or more of carbon dioxide equivalent during a year.
 

Facilities required to report greenhouse gas emissions to EPA that are also subject to Oregon's reporting requirements must report greenhouse gas emissions to DEQ. DEQ has taken measures to simplify reporting for facilities subject to both the Oregon and federal requirements and avoid duplicative reporting wherever possible. See DEQ-approved reporting protocols (above) for each facility category for more information.

​Contact

If you have questions, email the greenhouse gas program or call Elizabeth Elbel at 503-229-6476 (toll-free in Oregon 800-452-4011).