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Proposed Gas STAR Gold Program

Joining the Gas STAR Gold Program

Charter Partners

EPA plans to host an event in Washington, DC to recognize those companies that have committed to become Charter Partners of the Gas STAR Gold Program by signing a Letter of Intent.

Joining the Gas STAR Gold Program will be a straightforward process. EPA proposes a streamlined process for facilities to achieve Gas STAR Gold status:

1. Sign a Letter of Intent

A facility representative would sign a standardized agreement that signifies the company’s intent to work collaboratively with EPA to achieve Gas STAR Gold status at one or more facilities. EPA will soon release a draft letter of intent.

EPA plans to host an event in Washington, DC to recognize those companies that have committed to become Charter Partners of the Gas STAR Gold Program by signing a Letter of Intent.

2. Develop an Implementation Plan

A company would develop an implementation plan for each of its facilities seeking Gas STAR Gold status. This plan would include the general process that a facility will take to reach Gas STAR Gold status and a specified timeframe. EPA will soon release an example implementation plan.

EPA proposes that companies continually expand the number of their facilities that are working toward Gas STAR Gold status. The implementation plan would outline the companies’ plans for the coming year(s) and would be updated as needed. For example, once a facility has achieved Gas STAR Gold status, the company would begin working toward Gas STAR Gold status at a minimum of one additional facility.

EPA proposes that the Implementation Plan be submitted by companies within 3 months after a Letter of Intent has been submitted.

3. Submit Annual Reporting Data

Each facility seeking Gas STAR Gold status would certify that all applicable protocols were implemented annually and would submit any appropriate data to corroborate protocol implementation as specified in the forthcoming protocol Technical Background Document. EPA will work to ensure that the reporting is as simplified as possible, akin to a facility-level “checklist” plus supplemental information. EPA is evaluating options to ensure that electronic reporting is streamlined with existing data and reporting mechanisms, wherever possible. EPA will soon provide a sample annual report.

EPA is proposing an annual reporting cycle (for example, annual reports on Gas STAR Gold facilities would be due each spring), but is interested in stakeholder input on other options such as a “rolling” Gas STAR Gold reporting process.

4. EPA to Verify Gas STAR Gold Status

Based on annual reports and data submitted, EPA will evaluate and verify Gas STAR Gold status for each facility. To the extent possible, EPA will leverage existing data and information (such as facility data reported to EPA through the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program). EPA may require additional data to document and verify achievement of the protocols (those for which relevant information is not reported through the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program). To ensure programmatic credibility, EPA will develop transparent systems and processes for annual reporting and verification of Gas STAR Gold facilities. EPA plans to notify each company or facility of the status of its evaluation and verification process and would offer companies the opportunity to supply additional information as appropriate.

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