Friday, December 18, 2009

DEP Set To Release Final Climate Change Action Plan

In a notice scheduled for publication in tomorrow's PA Bulletin, the Department of Environmental Protection said it will be releasing the final PA Climate Change Action Plan today.
The draft report recommends 52 actions to help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions that lead to a changing climate and calls for a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below year 2000 levels by 2020.
Included among the recommendations were a “Re-Light Pennsylvania” program that encourages residential and commercial use of more efficient lighting systems, the Eco-Driving program that offers fuel-saving tips and incentives to drive less, and an urban forestry program that increases carbon storage in trees while reducing buildings’ heating and cooling demands.
The recommendations, combined with recent federal and state actions, such as the passage of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, electricity conservation measures approved by Act 129, the 2008 Biofuel Development and In-state Production Incentive Act, the Diesel-powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act, and the Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles Program, has the potential to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 42 percent, or more than 120 million tons.
DEP said the final report will be posted on the PA Climate Change webpage.

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