The Climate Registry

aka The Climate Registry   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  https://www.theclimateregistry.org/

Mission

The Climate Registry (TCR) is making global warming history. Our mission is to empower our generation to reduce its carbon footprint by helping organizations measure, track and manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories. TCR operates the only voluntary carbon reporting program that is backed by U.S. state governments, provides hands-on support and service, and that generates transparent, consistent, and credible data needed to make reductions. TCR's expertise is also utilized internationally to develop and implement GHG reporting and management programs outside of North America.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Amy Holm

Main address

600 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 970

Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA

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Formerly known as

California Climate Action Registry

EIN

20-8728170

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (C02)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

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The Climate Registry's Voluntary Reporting Program

The Climate Registry operates the highest-quality GHG measurement and management program in North America. TCR authors protocols that guide members in measuring, verifying and reporting their carbon emissions data in line with international best practices. TCR also provides extensive support through online and in-person training, helpdesk and reporting resources like calculation spreadsheets, tip sheets, and user guides. TCR's members also use the Climate Registry Information System (CRIS) to input, submit and calculate their GHG data.

Population(s) Served

The Climate Registry operates an energy efficiency program in conjunction with utilities in Southern California. This program rewards businesses customers of these Southern California utilities for their participation in energy efficiency or demand response initiatives with full or partially sponsored membership to The Climate Registry's voluntary reporting program. These businesses then gain invaluable GHG accounting knowledge and can measure the reductions in their emissions initiated by the energy efficiency programs they participate in.

The Cool Planet Project also distributes Cool Planet Awards by sector, which provide valuable recognition opportunities for project participants and the competitive public.

Population(s) Served

Hosted Jointly by TCR, U.S. EPA, the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the Climate Leadership Awards provide recognition opportunities to larger businesses who actively measure, report, verify and manage their carbon footprints by setting and achieving aggressive GHG reduction targets or forming progressive partnerships the incite action on climate.

Population(s) Served

The Climate Registry supports state agency greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions through its Public Agency Leadership (PAL) program, which helps state agencies to measure and manage GHG emissions from government operations. Agencies learn to report energy use, increase efficiency, lower emissions and reduce operating costs. States like California and Minnesota are leading the charge on effectively meeting federal regulation by partnering with TCR on the below initiatives.

Population(s) Served

Given the urgency of the climate crisis, it is important that all organizations, no matter their size, show leadership. Small businesses may not be the biggest contributors to climate change, but cumulatively, their management and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can make a significant impact. More and more local governments are also stepping up to cut their GHG emissions. With generous support from Southern California Edison (SCE), The Climate Registry (TCR) provides small businesses and local governments in SCE’s service territory with the tools, services, and support that they need to measure, manage, and reduce their carbon footprints, and recognizes their leadership through the Climate Registered™ recognition program.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

TCR aims to empower organizations to reduce their carbon footprints. As public- and private-sector actors seek to cut their global-warming emissions, they must first understand the sources and scope of their emissions and identify the greatest opportunities for reductions. Herein lies the challenge. Facility-level emissions data is often inconsistent, disaggregated, or simply does not exist, making it challenging for organizations to track and reduce their emissions. Without this information, it is also difficult for governments to aggregate data and make informed policy decisions. The high-quality emissions data TCR empowers organizations to gather, enables them to ACT: 1) Account for their GHG emissions over time, 2) Confirm that their efforts to reduce GHG emissions are really working, and 3) Transform operations and practices to achieve additional reductions of GHG emissions.

TCR's goal is to build on its expertise in building and operating GHG reporting registries and to expand the scope of our work. TCR aims to:

1. Expand our membership base by leveraging our partnerships with corporations and sub-national agencies,
2. Build GHG measurement, reporting, and verification capacity in jurisdictions outside of North America,
3. Advance systems and methodologies that are part of the new frontier of measurement, reporting, and verification, including developing a National Energy Efficiency Registry (NEER) and a Water-Energy Nexus Registry, and
4. Convene coalitions that can advance the climate change agenda, including hosting an annual delegation to the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties, co-hosting the Climate Leadership Conference and Awards, and providing recognition and networking opportunities to climate leaders.

Through these efforts, TCR believes that more emissions will ultimately be measured and managed. The more diverse the coalition, the more likely we are to contribute to making global warming history.

TCR staff have developed six sector-specific protocols to accompany our General Reporting Protocol. All of these documents were created during a consensus-driven stakeholder process and were informed by international best practice. These documents, in combination with our customizable software platform, guidance on verification, and hundreds of hours of training provided to sustainability professionals are the foundation for reporting organizations across North America. These resources also support the public agency reporting programs of California and Minnesota by aggregating energy and GHG emissions for state operations as a whole and enabling goal setting and reduction targets based on each agency's individual emissions inventory.

TCR has also built capacity in GHG MRV internationally. Working with the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) and ICF International under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program, TCR developed all components of Thailand's revised voluntary GHG reporting program. Additionally, in partnership with the World Bank's Partnership for Market Readiness, TCR developed the report, Greenhouse Gas Data Management: Building Systems for Corporate/Facility-Level Reporting, to provide guidance for policy makers and IT developers on all aspects of designing and developing GHG data management systems. Drawing on lessons learned from a number of jurisdictions – including Australia, California, Chile, China, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, the UK, and the US – the report highlights the legal, institutional, and technical considerations associated with designing and developing such systems, and describes a step-by-step process for determining their functional and technical requirements.

TCR has been at the forefront of carbon accounting for the last decade. By working with state regulators, business executives, and nonprofit thought leaders, TCR has developed the most robust and respected voluntary GHG reporting program in North America. By empowering some of the nation's largest corporations and utilities to monitor their emissions, TCR has been indirectly engaged with significant GHG mitigation efforts.

In the future, we hope to build out additional registries and grow our membership across North America in order to capture and have an impact on an even larger collective carbon footprint.

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The Climate Registry

Board of directors
as of 4/8/2020
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Board chair

Ms Mary Nichols

California Air Resource Board

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No