The Climate Registry contains organizational boundaries. These are defined to enable the tracking, accounting and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions. Companies within the United States provid information on a voluntary basis to assist in the ongoing battle to reduce global warming potential.
Organizational boundaries define an entity’s operation and also specify whether it is controlled or owned by the company reporting. Reporting can be further based on an equity share or a consolidated control approach.
The equity share approach for defining organizational boundaries is the emissions accounting method in which an entity reports its greenhouse gas emissions per each operation based on its share of economic interest. The percentage would reflect the extent of rights, or ownership, an entity has based on its profit and loss share of the operation.
The control approach can be used to define organizational boundaries. An entity reports all of its greenhouse gas emissions from all operations under its control. Ownership does not come into this equation.
The Climate Registry is a nonprofit, non-government organization that distributes information aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The registry has developed standards to be used by businesses and governments throughout North America to calculate, verify and report their greenhouse gas emissions in one, unified registry. Currently, over 330 corporations representing most industry sectors, government entities and nonprofit groups are members of the registry.
Organizational boundaries must be reported in full under the greenhouse gas emissions registry. Reports are required for revenue and nonrevenue services, administrative buildings, leased or owned stations and facilities, services provided under contract to another company, privately operated services, van pools and paratransit.
There are many greenhouse gases of significant concern. Environmentally damaging gases will lead to global warming. The most damaging are chlorofluorocarbons, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, carbon dioxide, methane, chlorine, bromine, methyl bromide, methyl chloroform, sulfur hexafluoride, carbon tetrachloride, nitrogen trifluoride, hydrofluorinated ethers.
The Climate Registry include an inventory management plan, under which facilities are required to indicate their reporting methods. Facilities must determine whether they are using the control approach with equity share using operational control criteria, control approach with equity share using financial control, control approach based on operational control, or control approach based upon financial control criteria. The document produced must also indicate a master list of the buildings under the entities organizational boundaries, together with address, ownership percentage, types of emissions and types of equipment. This complex tracking requirement prompts many facilities using refrigeration and air conditioning systems or heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems to use refrigerant management programs to automatically track and report.