Climate Change

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment created the Climate Change Program in December 2019 to lead an ambitious effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect a livable climate. The Program is responsible for conducting the statewide Greenhouse Gas Inventory, developing regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and gathering input from stakeholders and communities to shape an equitable and effective response to climate change in Colorado.

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Emissions Reduction Progress Reports

The Air Pollution Control Division has published a report to meet requirements placed upon the Division in the “Resolution to Ensure Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals Are Met” adopted by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) on October 23, 2020. The Division conducted its evaluation for the report in August 2022 as required by the resolution and submitted the report to the AQCC.

AQCC GHG Reduction Goals Progress Report

 

To meet the requirements from House Bill 19-1261, The Air Pollution Control Division must track progress toward state greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals, provide any updated cost-benefit analysis developed for rules adopted to attain the goals, and make recommendations on future legislative action to address climate change. The Division submitted its first report to the Colorado General Assembly in December 2021.

GHG Emissions Reduction Progress Report to Colorado Legislature

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Colorado Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Form

The web portal and submission form for submitting annual GHG reports as required under Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) Regulation No. 22, Part A, can be accessed here. The web portal and submission form must be used by entities subject to Colorado's GHG reporting requirements. A registered user account is required to access the submission form. A PDF of the submission form is available below for review but do not use this to submit a report. The form for reporting can only be accessed through the web portal.

For GHG reporters subject to AQCC Regulation 22, Part A, the Air Pollution Control Division requires that GHG emissions be reported to the State of Colorado using the XML file generated for the facility or entity from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool (e-GGRT), which may be accessed at https://ghgreporting.epa.gov.

GHG reporters subject to Colorado's GHG reporting requirements but not subject to EPA's GHG reporting requirements can still use e-GGRT to generate an XML file for reporting to the State of Colorado without reporting their GHG emissions to EPA.

GHG reporters must be sure to download the correct XML file from e-GGRT to submit to the State of Colorado. As identified by the black arrow on the screenshot below from the "Review Reports" section of e-GGRT, click the "DOWNLOAD XML" link to obtain the correct file to save to your computer for the GHG report submission to the State of Colorado.

The XML file may also be downloaded from the "Instructions for Colorado Facilities" section of e-GGRT by clicking on the "DOWNLOAD XML" link, or from the "Facility Overview - View Reports" section of e-GGRT by clicking on "Full Report" under "Report (XML)".

  • Do NOT use the "VIEW PUBLIC XML" link.
  • Do NOT alter or edit the downloaded/saved XML file from e-GGRT in any way prior to submission to the State of Colorado.
  • Once the XML file from e-GGRT has been saved, it can be uploaded to the State of Colorado's GHG submission form accessed through the GHG reporting web portal. 

 


 

Please see the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document below for more details and answers to other questions on using the GHG submission form and submitting reports.

There is also an e-GGRT Instructions document for Colorado Greenhouse Gas reporters that provides detailed information on generating a GHG report and downloading the correct XML file for it in e-GGRT for submission to the State of Colorado. 

 

Supplemental Data Form

The Supplemental Data Reporting Form required by Regulation 22 for electric utility reporting of calendar year 2021 data is now available.  The form can be accessed HERE.  

Reporting of calendar year 2021 information is due by June 30, 2022 and the completed Supplemental Data Form must be uploaded to the GHG Reporting Submission Form that is accessed through the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Reporting Web Portal (see link below). The Supplemental Data Form will be uploaded under the "Supporting Documents" section of the GHG Reporting Submission Form and submitted that way. For more details, please refer to #13 in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the GHG Reporting Web Portal and Submission Form (see link below).   

Q&A sessions will be held on the following dates to answer specific questions about how to complete the reporting form:

Wednesday June 1 from 2 to 3 pm (meet.google.com/bxg-gbyt-kum)

Friday June10 from 9 to 10 am (meet.google.com/vif-yrej-wxr)  

 

Useful Links

Questions? Email us at climatechange@state.co.us, Subject: GHG Reporting 

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State of Colorado's Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage (CCUS) Task Force

In its effort to address climate change, the state of Colorado identified the development & utilization of a Task Force as an important step to better understand the role that carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) can play in meeting the state’s emissions targets. The evaluation will include an inventory of existing initiatives and recent publications that analyze or identify carbon capture, transport, utilization, and storage opportunities in Colorado. For more details, visit https://www.mines.edu/carboncapture/state-of-colorado-ccus-task-force

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Climate Equity

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Climate change is not just an environmental issue. It is also about PEOPLE and not everyone is affected equally. Coloradans are already feeling the impacts of climate change and we can all think of examples: the Marshall Fire, the Glenwood Canyon mudslide, the 2013 floods, and severe (or worse) drought conditions across most of the state. Communities of color, indigenous people, low-income individuals, and people living in polluted areas are often affected by climate change more than other groups. The state is committed to use greenhouse gas reduction strategies as an opportunity to work toward racial equity and economic justice. The Climate Equity Framework and Climate Equity Data Viewer below are some of the tools supporting that work.

The state of Colorado developed a Climate Equity Framework to help ensure that Colorado’s response to climate change is guided by principles of racial equity and economic justice. The framework outlines the Air Pollution Control Division's plan to identify and meaningfully engage with communities who are disproportionately impacted by climate change in Colorado. The Climate Equity Framework has been developed with significant input from community members, organizations that serve and represent disproportionately impacted communities, local governments with climate equity and community engagement expertise, other state agencies, and EPA environmental justice experts. Input opportunities have ranged from large public listening sessions to small community conversations, as well as surveys and an email address for comments. Special attention has been given to making opportunities accessible by providing many meetings and materials in Spanish and offering meetings at different times of day. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many voices were undoubtedly missing from conversations that shaped the framework. The Air Pollution Control Division will continue to seek input to improve community engagement efforts and promote climate equity in Colorado.

The Climate Equity Framework:

  • Provides key principles to help ensure the state’s response to climate change considers equity every step of the way,
  • Shares best practices in outreach and engagement with marginalized communities,
  • Outlines a plan for stakeholder engagement for greenhouse gas reduction rulemakings,
  • Provides a set of questions to help consider potential equity impacts of implementing rules, and
  • Feature a climate equity dataviewer component that will help focus and prioritize outreach and engagement efforts, as well as consider potential impacts by ranking and mapping layers of data sets that represent the criteria for disproportionately impacted communities defined by HB-19 1261.

The Climate Equity Framework has been developed with significant input from community members, organizations that serve and represent disproportionately impacted communities, local governments with climate equity and community engagement expertise, other state agencies, and EPA environmental justice experts. Input opportunities have ranged from large public listening sessions to small community conversations, as well as surveys and an email address for comments. Special attention has been given to making opportunities accessible by providing many meetings and materials in Spanish and offering meetings at different times of day.

People helped shape the Framework in the following ways:

  • An Advisory Committee and reviewers of equity, community engagement, and climate experts provided essential expertise and thought work to help shape the Framework.
  • Over 600 people participated in two listening sessions in English and Spanish and people who had never given public comment got to share their thoughts first.
  • Three community conversations were held to hear what community members care about most and how they like to engage.
  • The public and community partner organizations completed surveys on public meetings more accessible and useful, and
  • Written comments have and continue to come in by email and are carefully considered throughout the development of the framework.
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GHG Metrics Dashboard

The Greenhouse Gas Metrics Dashboard in English and Spanish provides an easy-to-understand view of Colorado’s most important emissions metrics. That includes overall greenhouse gas emissions levels, ongoing emissions trends among the state’s various economic sectors and data on climate equity and community engagement. Metrics for the drivers of emissions will be automatically updated on a quarterly basis, while climate equity metrics will be updated after each greenhouse gas reduction rulemaking.

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Recovered Methane Protocols and Crediting and Tracking System

To address climate change and meet requirements from Senate Bill 21-264 and House Bill 21-1238, the Air Pollution Control Division (Division) is proposing recovered methane protocols for use in Clean Heat Plans to help demonstrate greenhouse gas reductions by gas utilities, and a crediting and tracking system for recovered methane projects. In November, 2022, the Division will propose a rule to the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) to establish recovered methane protocols and a crediting and tracking system for recovered methane in Colorado, as required by statute.

Recovered Methane Rule Fact Sheet

How to Provide Input 

The Air Pollution Control Division will request a rulemaking hearing on July 21, 2022 before the AQCC. To register for that meeting or sign up for AQCC updates, visit the AQCC website. The draft rule proposal materials are available here and written comments can be submitted to the AQCC by emailing cdphe.aqcc-comments@state.co.us

Past Recovered Methane Protocols Stakeholder Meetings

Three public listening sessions were held to gather input on the rule concepts.

Recording and presentation slides

Recovered Methane Protocols Technical Work Group

To help meet the requirement to develop recovered methane protocols, the Division is convened a technical work group for a series of 10 meetings.

Recovered Methane Technical Work Group Materials

 

Protocolos para la recuperación de metano y sistema de acreditación y seguimiento

Para abordar el cambio climático y cumplir los requisitos del proyecto de ley del Senado 21-264 y el proyecto de ley de la Cámara de representantes 21-1238, la Air Pollution Control Division desarrollará protocolos de metano recuperado para utilizar en planes de calor limpio para ayudar a mostrar reducciones de gases de efecto invernadero por parte de las empresas de servicios públicos de gas y un sistema de acreditación y seguimiento del metano recuperado. En noviembre de 2022, la División propondrá tentativamente una regla a la Comisión de Control de la Calidad del Aire para establecer protocolos de metano recuperado y un sistema de acreditación y seguimiento para el metano recuperado en Colorado, según lo exige la ley.

Regla del protocolo de metano reciclado

Cómo proporcionar información 

La División de Control de la Contaminación del Aire solicitará una audiencia de reglamentación el 21 de julio de 2022 ante la Comisión de Control de la Calidad del Aire (AQCC). Para registrarse para esa reunión o registrarse para recibir actualizaciones de AQCC, visite su sitio web. Los materiales del borrador de la propuesta de regla están disponibles aquí y la División agradece los comentarios por escrito hasta el 16 de octubre de 2022 utilizando este formulario.

Reuniones de partes interesadas de los protocolos de metano recuperado

Se llevaron a cabo tres sesiones de escucha pública para recopilar información sobre los conceptos de la regla.

Diapositivas de grabación y presentación

Grupo Técnico de Trabajo sobre Metano Recuperado

Para ayudar a cumplir con el requisito de desarrollar protocolos de metano recuperado, la División convocó a un grupo de trabajo técnico para una serie de 10 reuniones.

Metano Recuperado Grupo Técnico de Trababjo Materiales

 

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Clean Heat Plan Evaluation Development Process

Overview: To address climate change and meet requirements from Senate Bill 21-264 (SB21-264), the Air Pollution Control Division (the Division) will consult with the Public Utilities Commission related to the calculation methodology for evaluating clean heat plans for gas utilities. Starting in 2023, gas utilities are required to submit clean heat plans to the Public Utilities Commission or the Division to verify that they are designed to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets.

 

Clean Heat Plan Emissions Calculation Guidance

The Air Pollution Control Division is posting for public comment the Draft Clean Heat Plan Emissions Calculation Guidance and Draft CHP Calculation Workbook. The draft documents can be found HERE. The Division has created these draft documents using input from a technical stakeholder process to develop a consistent approach to evaluating the emissions reduction projections from Clean Heat Plans required by Senate Bill 21-264.

Public Comments should be submitted to cdphe.commentsapcd@state.co.us using subject line Clean Heat Plan Calculations.
 
 
Clean Heat Technical Work Groups

To help develop clean heat plan evaluation requirements, the Division is convening a clean heat technical work group. Technical work group meetings are open to the public. 

Clean Heat Work Group Materials and Recordings

If you would like to submit written comments about the clean heat plan protocol development process, please complete this form.

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Mailing lists

Stay up-to-date on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's efforts to reduce GHGs, Climate Equity, and other air quality issues by signing up for e-mail updates.