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December 03, 2003

EPA's Voluntary Programs Reduced Greenhouse Gases in 2002

Voluntary programs administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) succeeded in avoiding 43 million metric tons of U.S. carbon emissions in 2002, according to an EPA report released in November. The report notes the achievements of the DOE/EPA Energy Star program, which currently labels more than 18,000 energy-efficient products in about 35 product categories, while more than 3,000 builders have constructed about 110,000 Energy Star-qualified homes. According to the EPA report, the Energy Star program is saving $33 billion in energy bills each year. See the EPA press release or go directly to the full report (PDF 1.37 MB). Download Acrobat Reader.

On November 26th, DOE proposed new guidelines for the voluntary reporting of greenhouse gas emissions. The guidelines are intended to improve the accuracy, verifiability, and completeness of the greenhouse gas emissions data. DOE will hold a workshop in Washington, D.C., on January 15th, 2004, to discuss the proposed guidelines. See the announcement, which includes links to the guidelines and the DOE press release, on the DOE Office of Policy and International Affairs Web site.