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When:   April 29, 2009 2:00pm-3:00pm
Where:   Webcast Hosted by the Conference Board
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Price:   Conference Board members $250; non-members $350; non-profit employees $175
Type:   Conference


A Dialogue with the Environmental Protection Agency

Webcast Hosted by The Conference Board

Panelist: William N. Irving, Chief of the Program Integration Branch. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Division.  This EPA branch is responsible for preparing the annual Inventory of GHG Emissions & Sinks (submitted to the UN), analyzing climate legislation, supporting domestic and international climate policy development, and coordinating the EPAs mandatory rulemaking for greenhouse gases.  Mr. Irving is an elected member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Task Force Bureau for GHG Inventories.

Moderator:  Dinah A. Koehler, Sc.D., Senior Research Associate, The Conference Board

Government regulation of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) in the U.S. is on its way. Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed GHG Reporting Rule, which would require manufacturers, utilities, fuel suppliers and vehicle manufacturers to report their total annual GHG emissions starting in 2010.The rule covers up to 90% of GHG emissions sources in the U.S. In addition, the data generated by the rule will instruct a variety of new climate change policies under federal consideration, including cap and trade, regulation of GHG emissions under the Clean Air Act and carbon fees. Given the significance of this policy shift for all business, The Conference Board is presenting a webcast dialogue with the EPA to discuss specific aspects of the rule, and its implications for business including how the data can be used.

This webcast will discuss:

  • Whether companies currently doing reporting under a voluntary reporting scheme (e.g. Carbon Disclosure Project) need to change how they collect data

  • How the rule addresses facility vs. company level reporting

  • Coordination between filing to the EPA and the SEC, especially to satisfy investor interest in GHG emissions data

  • How the data can help a company subject to a shareholder resolution on climate change or litigation

  • How to comment on the rule

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