Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Budget Trading Program Offsets (RGGI)

Regulated power plants may use greenhouse gas reductions or carbon sequestration achieved outside of the electricity sector to meet up to 3.3 percent of their compliance obligations.

MassDEP Bureau of Air & Waste

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Questions about MassDEP greenhouse gas programs? climate.strategies@state.ma.us 

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How to apply

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Next steps

  1. What to Know

    Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) carbon dioxide (CO2) offset allowances represent project-based greenhouse gas emissions reductions or carbon sequestration achieved outside of the capped electricity sector.

    Offsets provide compliance flexibility for regulated power plants and create significant environmental and economic co-benefits for project sponsors, including landfill operators and farmers. 

    Massachusetts and other RGGI participating states currently allow regulated power plants to use a carefully chosen group of qualifying offsets to meet up to 3.3 percent of their CO2 compliance obligations.

  2. Document Project Eligibility & Results

    For a regulated power plant to qualify for RGGI Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Offsets, a Project Sponsor needs to prepare and submit to MassDEP:

    • First, a Consistency Application demonstrating that the project is eligible for offsets.
    • Then, a Monitoring & Verification Report including project data and independent verification that the anticipated CO2 equivalent reductions have been achieved.

    Obtain the forms and instructions you need:

  3. Submit Required Forms to MassDEP

    Mail hard copies and/or CDs of your completed Consistency Application(s) and/or Monitoring & Verification Report(s) to:

    MassDEP Bureau of Air & Waste
    Climate Strategies Group
    One Winter Street, 7th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108

Contact

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Questions about MassDEP greenhouse gas programs? climate.strategies@state.ma.us 

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