In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama said we need to “act with more urgency” on climate change and also pledged to make this “a year of action.” Fortunately, when it comes to new appliance, equipment, and lighting efficiency standards, the administration has already made very good progress. With two new standards completed since his speech and another 10 expected this year, the administration is gaining new momentum for meeting the president’s ambitious goal to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 3 billion metric tons through new efficiency standards completed during his two terms. Of course, the efficiency gains that underlie such enormous CO2 reductions also drive huge energy and consumer dollar savings.
Today, we are launching new ‘trackers’ on the ASAP website to keep tabs on progress. As the CO 2 tracker shows, thanks to standards completed to date, the administration is already more than half way to its goal. The Department of Energy (DOE) completed new standards for virtually every major household appliance within the past few years as well as for many commercial products. A significant share of the total savings to date also comes from standards enacted by Congress as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 (including light bulb standards), signed into law by President Bush and codified into regulations by DOE in 2009…
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