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Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Third-Party Verification 2019

Adopted rule

Administrative Order No. DEQ 14-2020

Filed and effective: May 5, 2020
See Oregon Bulletin, June 2020

The Environmental Quality Commission adopted rules to enhance the data collection of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions. The adopted rules  incorporate existing reporting and emissions accounting protocols into rule and improve the specificity of how emissions data are calculated, reported and verified. These improvements will allow the program to better support and keep pace with the evolving climate policy discussions occurring in Oregon.

There are 4 primary facets of this rulemaking. The adopted rules:

  • Modify the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (Division 215) to incorporate existing reporting and emissions accounting protocols into rule. This improves DEQ’s ability to assess state greenhouse gas emissions and track progress towards meeting the emission reduction goals adopted by the Oregon Legislature.
  • Streamline the reporting requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (Division 215) and the Clean Fuels Program (Division 253) to enable entities subject to both programs to report into a single online system.
  • Establish a new Division 272 to require that some data submitted to DEQ for compliance with the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program and the Clean Fuels Program be verified by independent third-parties.
  • Amend Division 12 to classify certain violations and establish or clarify enforcement criteria for violations of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Requirements.

​​​DEQ is convening an advisory committee of experts to review the technical issues and fiscal impacts related to the proposed rules.

      ​​Meeting 2: Nov. 1, 2019

      Meeting materials:

      Meeting 1: ​Sept. 11, 2019

      Meeting materials:

      Advisory committee meetings are open to the public. The public may attend the meeting, but the committee has discretion whether to allow the public to participate in the meeting. The public will be able to comment on the proposed rule changes during the public notice and comment period later in the rulemaking. DEQ publishes meeting notices on https://www.oregon.gov/deq/Get-Involved/Pages/Calendar.aspx. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ, Portland, at 503-229-5696 or call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5696; fax to 503-229-6762; or email to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us. Hearing impaired persons may call 711.

      Public involvement

      The public comment period for this rulemaking closed at 4 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2020. View Comments Received

      For more information, see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Draft Rules. The public notice packet includes the notice, proposed rules and any supporting documents.



      EQC Action

      The Environmental Quality Commission adopted these rules at its meeting on May 7, 2020.


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