For the first time, comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers across the country is now accessible to the public through the Environmental Protection Agency’s GHG Reporting Program.

The 2010 GHG data released last week includes public information from facilities in nine industry groups that directly emit large quantities of GHGs, as well as suppliers of certain fossil fuels.

The EPA’s online data publication tool allows users to view and sort GHG data, for calendar year 2010 from over 6,700 facilities, by facility, location, industrial sector, and the type of GHG emitted. This information can be used to identify nearby sources of GHGs, compare and track emissions, and provide information to state and local governments.

Mandated by the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the EPA launched the GHG Reporting Program in October 2009, requiring the reporting of GHG data from large emission sources across a range of industry sectors, as well as suppliers of products that would emit GHGs if released or combusted. Most reporting entities submitted data for calendar year 2010. However, an additional 12 source categories will begin reporting their 2011 GHG data this year.

To access the EPA’s GHG Reporting Program Data and Data Publication Tool, click here.