California moves to require company emission reports

Supporters say it will help consumers better understand the environmental impact of their household brands.
FILE – A man pushes a stroller near the AES power plant in Redondo Beach, Calif., on Sept. 7, 2022. California lawmakers approved legislation Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, requiring major companies to disclose a sweeping range of greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The California Assembly passed a bill Monday that would require companies with annual revenues over $1 billion to report their level of greenhouse gas emissions, a move supporters say will provide transparency to consumers and help the state meet its climate goals. 

The Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act forces companies to disclose to the California Air Resources Board three levels of emissions: direct company emissions, such as from vehicles owned by the company; indirect emissions, such as the source of the electricity it purchased to operate; and emissions from a company’s supply chain.

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