Idaho Joins The Climate Registry

August 09, 2007

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced August 8 that he has applied for Idaho to become the 38th state member of The Climate Registry. The registry is a multi-state and multi-tribe collaboration that is working on a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting system. The goal is to provide reliable data to support GHG reduction policies.

"The registry is an excellent opportunity for state government to take a leadership role in this important area and Idaho is eager to take our place at the table," Otter wrote in a letter requesting Idaho's membership. "We look forward to participating in The Climate Registry's open, transparent and collaborative process."

Otter also stated in the letter that he was designating Toni Hardesty, director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, to be Idaho's official representative to the registry. Hardesty is Otter's point person for coordinating and implementing greenhouse gas reduction efforts throughout state government in Idaho. That includes developing a greenhouse gas emission inventory and providing recommendations on how to reduce those emissions.

"Collaborating with other states on building a consistent accounting system for measuring and tracking greenhouse gas emissions is an important task. I look forward to participating in this groundbreaking program," Hardesty said.

The principles and goals to which Idaho is committing as a member of The Climate Registry include:

  • Working to establish and endorse a voluntary statewide greenhouse gas emissions reporting and verification system.
  • Working to identify a set of greenhouse gas emissions minimum data quantification standards.
  • Providing an accurate, complete, consistent, transparent, and verified set of greenhouse gas emissions data, supported by a robust accounting and verification infrastructure.

For more information, see the governor's August 8 press release and The Climate Registry Web site.