Iowa Joins Efforts to Create Voluntary Midwest Greenhouse Gas Registry

January 19, 2007

In mid-January, Iowa joined several other midwestern states in developing a voluntary midwest registry for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The registry allows companies and industries in participating states to quantify emissions and document voluntary emission reductions.

The initiative is being facilitated by the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO), and the World Resources Institute is providing technical assistance.

The state environmental directors of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin have all signed a resolution in support of the registry. The effort will provide a GHG reporting platform, provide information to support policy initiatives, and assist companies with corporate GHG management strategies. Although Iowa currently does not require GHG reporting, the registry system will help Iowa companies document their GHG reductions in advance of any requirement to do so.

For more information, see the January 16 Waverly Power and Light press release and visit the LADCO Web site.