Comply with the EPA’s MRR Standard with SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand
- by William Newman, Managing Principal, Newport Consulting Group
- January 7, 2011
Forthcoming carbon emission reporting and monitoring efforts enacted by US regulatory authorities represent yet another compliance dimension for many commercial interests. Learn how SAP has created a flexible approach for assessing your carbon footprint and follow-up steps you can take in your compliance and sustainability program.
SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand provides an assessment and planning tool built on best practices and self-reported industry data across many sustainability programs. Understanding elements such as greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting and carbon footprint allows sustainability officers and directors the time to make key decisions both in the organization and across the value chain and communities in which they operate.
Today’s sustainability landscape looks more like a sprawling metropolis with no building design than it does well-intentioned regulations threaded together to provide transparency and visibility to consumers, governmental agencies, and investors. The University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership Program tracks nearly 50 standards, methods, regulations, and approaches that an organization, based on its particular operating location, industry segments, and communities, may be obliged to follow and report on.
The immediate reporting introduction for those companies operating in the US is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mandatory Reporting Rule (MRR, defined in 40 CFR 98) which is designed to collect greenhouse gas (GHG) information, including specific emissions from specific industry participants and a list of other industry segments that may apply. Unless your company is squarely in the crosshairs of the MRR filing requirements — called “all-in” source category companies, such as aluminum manufacturing — it may be difficult to determine your actual reporting requirement. Further complicating the lack of clarity is the impending deadline of January 30, 2011, to submit certification of representations to the EPA. The EPA has created a portal called the electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool (e-GGRT), which organizations can use to capture their initial GHG tallies and provide them, as needed, to the agency.
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