July 16, 2007

Florida adopts energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction standards

Tallahassee, Florida – Florida Governor Charlie Crist has signed three executive orders that establish a number of immediate actions designed to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and increase the use of alternative energy sources, including ethanol and hydrogen, according to a report by the Green Car Congress.

Florida will also adopt the California motor vehicle emissions standards, once a federal waiver from the EPA is passed. This will bring the number of states opting for the regulations to thirteen, including California. The standards require a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2017, to 1990 levels by 2025, and by 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050; they also call for a reduction in motor vehicle emission standards by 22 per cent by 2012, and 30 per cent by 2016.

The executive orders also include energy-efficient state buildings, with solar panels when possible; fuel-efficient state vehicles, running on ethanol and biodiesel fuels when available; and a state government partnership with an energy-efficient rental-car company for the 2009 contract.

The signing of the orders concluded the “Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change”, held in Miami last week; the summit included a roundtable discussion attended by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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