The Western Climate Initiative outlined how it would use a Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS) to track compliance with the regional greenhouse gas emissions trading program it hopes to launch in 2012. The proposal describes the general administrative processes that would be required to track all emissions allowances, or permits, and offset credits from issuance to retirement. The system would be generic enough to be applied to all participating government entities, and was designed to reflect the framework for the regional cap-and-trade program WCI unveiled in 2010. WCI is forging ahead with launching the trading program in 2012, even though a bad economy and an unfriendly political environment may reduce the number of participants.