Tuesday, 26 February 2008

US Commitment on Greenhouse Gas Reduction?

According to ClimateBiz.com the US government has effectively said that it would agree to binding targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as long as all major economies, both developed and developing, such as Brazil, China and India, did the same. The statement, at a press conference, in Paris, is ahead of an April meeting of 17 major economies that represent 80% of greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s the inclusion of developing countries that’s the crucial point. It’s the reason that the US is now the only developed country not to sign the Kyoto protocol. Certainly real federal government commitment in the US would help promote the cause globally, but in the US itself environmental awareness is currently being driven by the individual states.

California leads the way with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) which is developing regulations for 2012 that will reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Other legislation is under discussion in California and a number of other state’s are introducing emissions control regulations. In addition, around 40 states have got together to form The Climate Registry to build and run a greenhouse gas emissions reporting system.

Fortunately, US corporations, including the large IT players, are particularly aware of CSR (Corporate and Social Responsibility) issues, which have universally expanded in the last year to encompass wider environmental concerns. This is driving much of the move to a greener attitude, although I suspect action is still influenced to some degree by the geographic location of the corporate HQ.

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