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Guide for Designing Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs

The report provides comprehensive, step-by-step guidance for policymakers to design mandatory greenhouse gas reporting programs.

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Executive Summary

The report, Guide for Designing Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs, a collaboration between the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) and the World Resources Institute, offers guidance for policymakers and practitioners in developing mandatory GHG reporting programs.

Over the past decade, greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting programs have emerged at the regional, national, and subnational levels to provide information on emission sources and trends. This report draws on the experience of 13 existing and proposed programs to guide policymakers and practitioners in developing new GHG reporting programs to fulfill domestically relevant objectives. It also provides a useful reference to stakeholder groups that wish to participate effectively in the development and design of these programs. Stakeholders may include the entities that expect to be regulated, industry associations, environmental and academic groups, multilateral organizations, and funding agencies.

This report highlights the major design elements of a reporting program and discusses various factors influencing decisions under each element. An attempt has been made to identify design options and provide practical recommendations while recognizing that reporting programs are context specific.

Although the emphasis is on the design of a mandatory reporting program, many aspects of the report are relevant for developing voluntary programs.

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