Establish a public registry of approved greenhouse gas emission offset projects.

The CLCPA instructs the DEC, to promulgate rules and regulations to ensure compliance with the statewide emissions reduction limits. In doing so, the DEC may establish an alternative compliance mechanism to be used by sources subject to greenhouse gas emissions limits to achieve net zero emissions, and must establish a public registry of greenhouse gas emission offset projects approved.

Statutory Language:

CLCPA § 75-0109(4)(k): "The department shall establish a public registry of greenhouse gas emission offset projects approved pursuant to this subdivision."

§ 75-0101 (10):" 'Greenhouse gas emission offset projects' means one or more projects, including:
a. Natural carbon sinks including but not limited to afforestation, reforestation, or wetlands restoration;
b. Greening infrastructure;
c. Restoration and sustainable management of natural and urban forests or working lands, grasslands, coastal wetlands and sub-tidal habitats;
d. Efforts to reduce hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant, sulfur hexafluoride, and other ozone depleting substance releases;
e. Anaerobic digesters, where energy produced is directed toward localized use;
f. Carbon capture and sequestration;
g. Ecosystem restoration; and
h. Other types of projects recommended by the council in consultation with the climate justice working group that provide public health and environmental benefits, and do not create burdens in disadvantaged communities."