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March 15, 2006

EIA: Efforts to Cut Greenhouse Gases Show Slow Growth in 2004

Voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions achieved only slight gains in 2004, according to DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA). Direct emissions reductions reported to the EIA were only 2.8 percent higher in 2004 than in 2003. U.S. companies and other entities reported on 2,154 voluntary projects that reduced greenhouse gas emissions in 2004, but the EIA notes that most of the projects were among the 2,222 projects reported for 2003, since they continued to achieve emission reductions. The EIA does not tabulate the number of new projects versus previously initiated projects. The efforts include a number of renewable energy projects, energy efficiency efforts, and cogeneration and waste heat recovery projects. See the EIA press release and the full 190-page report (PDF 2.4 MB). Download Adobe Reader.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its draft report on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and sinks for 2004. According to the report, overall greenhouse gas emissions increased by 1.7 percent in 2004. See the EPA press release and the draft report.