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March 20, 2002

EPA Launches Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Program

In support of President Bush's plan for voluntary programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched its new "Climate Leaders" program in late February. The 11 charter members have committed to complete a corporate-wide greenhouse gas inventory and to work with EPA to set an emissions reduction target. General Motors Corporation is one of the Climate Leaders charter members. For the full list, see the EPA press release.

The EPA is also lending a hand to this process through its sponsorship of the Greenhouse Gas Technology Center. Technologies that may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions are subjected to independent testing to verify their performance. Applicants must share the cost of the testing and pay a $1,000 application fee. The center's Web site currently includes verification test results for three microturbine systems and one fuel cell system. See the Greenhouse Gas Technology Center Web site.

BP is living proof that companies can accomplish significant greenhouse gas reductions if they try. The company has cut emissions from its own operations to 10 percent below 1990 levels, and achieved its goal eight years early. BP achieved its cuts at no cost, primarily by increasing energy efficiency in its operations. The company notes, however, that with its anticipated growth, it will require diligence and continued efficiency improvements to hold its emissions levels constant. See the BP press kit, with links to the press release and a related speech.

While launching the EPA program, the Bush Administration has also made agreements with both Canada and Japan to work cooperatively on global climate change. The wide- ranging agreements may include work on cogeneration, renewable energy sources, and energy efficiency technologies. See the U.S. State Department press releases: March 7, 2002 and February 28, 2002