Q30. Are federal, state, or local facilities required to report emissions?
A30. The majority of building owners or operators will very likely not be required to report, including federal, state, or local facilities. Most federal, state, or local facilities will likely only have to consider whether their emissions from stationary combustion are over 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (mtCO2e), because they will not have other onsite operations that may trigger the rule (e.g., a power plant). Over 75 percent of buildings have stationary combustion equipment with an aggregate maximum rated heat input capacity of less that 1 mmBtu/hr. When it comes to most buildings with boilers for heating water and steam, approximately 80 percent of buildings have boilers with an aggregate maximum rated heat input capacity of less than 10 mmBtu/hr. These are well below the threshold for aggregate maximum rated heat input capacity of the stationary fuel combustion units of less than 30 mmBtu/hr. If a building does have an aggregate maximum rated heat input capacity 30 mmBtu/hr or greater, then that facility will need to do further calculations to determine if it meets the threshold for reporting. EPA has developed an on-line applicability tool to help facilities assess if they are required to report. This tool is available on the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule website.
If a federal, state, or local facility has other source categories that are included in the rule, such as a power plant (see the General Provisions Information Sheet on the Information Sheet page), the facility may be required to report. Generally, EPA estimates that there will be limited impact on federal, state, or local facilities.
Federal, state, or local facilities will not have to report emissions from fleets (e.g., passenger vehicles, aircraft, and marine vessels) or from Research and Development (R&D) activities under the rule.