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February 12, 2003

DOE Launches "Climate VISION" to Cut Greenhouse Gases

DOE announced a new voluntary partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on February 12th. The new "Climate VISION," launched by DOE on behalf of the Bush Administration, is a public-private partnership to pursue cost-effective initiatives that will reduce the projected growth in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The "VISION" in the title stands for "Voluntary Innovative Sector Initiatives: Opportunities Now." It will be administered through DOE's policy and international program. See the DOE press release and a statement by President Bush in support of the partnership.

In an accompanying fact sheet, DOE spelled out a number of energy efficiency and renewable energy commitments that are part of the partnership. For instance, the American Petroleum Institute committed to increasing the energy efficiency of refinery operations by 10 percent in the next 10 years, through such measures as increased use of combined heat and power facilities-an approach echoed by the American Forest and Paper Association. Both the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the American Public Power Association committed to expand the generation of power from renewable energy-including greater use of landfill gas, wind power, hydropower, and biofuels-through such measures as green pricing (the sale of green power at a premium price). Specific energy efficiency targets were also announced by the National Mining Association, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Association of American Railroads, and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. See the DOE fact sheet (PDF 29 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

Another important participant is a group called the Business Roundtable, which launched its own "Climate RESOLVE" initiative to meet the President's greenhouse gas emissions goals. The participating companies collectively generate about one-third of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. See the Business Roundtable press release.