On May 8, 2007, Governor Crist executed the multi-state compact for the national Climate Registry which will enable Florida to sit at the table with other leading states in crafting emission reporting guidelines for industry.
The emerging partnership is a group of nearly 30 states and several tribes which have committed to standardize best practices in greenhouse gas emissions data reporting and management, establish a set of common protocols and support a common reporting system. The Climate Registry will ensure consistency and transparency between climate programs implemented by states and tribes as well as establish a high level of environmental integrity in emissions accounting, reporting, and verification.
Over the last three decades, leading experts have developed a strong body of scientific evidence documenting changes in global climate patterns as well as changes observed on the ground. The science is increasingly clear about the role of carbon emissions in changing our global climate. With over 1,200 miles of coastline and most of our residents living in coastal communities, Florida is more vulnerable to the worst effects of climate change than any other state.
The list of founding member states and tribes includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Campo Kumeyaay Nation. Two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Manitoba, have also committed to participate.
Florida agrees to participate in The Climate Registry to:
- Develop and manage a common greenhouse gas emissions reporting system with high integrity that is capable of supporting multiple greenhouse gas emissions reporting and emissions reduction policies for its member states/tribes and reporting entities; and
- Provide an accurate, complete, consistent, transparent, and verified set of greenhouse gas emissions data from reporting entities, supported by a robust accounting and verification infrastructure.