Arizona Governor Signs Executive Order to Cut Greenhouse Gases

October 04, 2006

While California has just enacted legislation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has taken the simpler route of enacting an executive order with the same goal. Executive Order 2006-13, signed in September, sets a goal for the state to reduce GHG emissions to 2000 levels by 2020 and to 50 percent below 2000 levels by 2040. The order creates a Climate Change Executive Committee that will develop a strategy to implement the state's Climate Change Action Plan, which includes a variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. But unlike the California legislation, the Arizona goals lack the force of law. See the Executive Order (PDF 403 KB), the governor's press release (PDF 39 KB), and links to the Climate Change Action Plan on the Arizona Climate Change Advisory Group Web site. Download Adobe Reader.