The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new tool to allow 28 industrial sectors to submit their 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution data electronically.

The data collected with the electronic GHG Reporting Tool (e-GGRT) will provide the public with important information about the nation’s largest stationary sources of greenhouse gas pollution, according to the EPA. Industries and businesses can also use the data to help find ways to decrease carbon pollution, increase efficiency, and save money.

The EPA expects to receive 2010 GHG data from approximately 7,000 large industrial GHG emitters and suppliers, including power plants, petroleum refineries and landfills.

The EPA’s GHG Reporting Program, launched in October 2009, requires the reporting of GHG data from large emission sources across a range of industry sectors. Suppliers of products that would emit GHGs if released, combusted, or oxidized are also required to report GHG data. Under this program, covered entities are required to submit GHG data to the EPA annually and the first round of data will be submitted electronically by September 30, 2011. EPA plans to publish non-confidential GHG data collected through the GHGRP by the end of 2011.

For more information on the GHG Reporting Program, click here.