FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2015
Contact: Laura Tierney
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BCSE Statement on New Executive Order to Reduce Federal GHG Emissions
Clean Energy Industries Applaud President for Leading by Example
Washington, DC — The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson in reaction to today’s announcement of a new Presidential Executive Order to reduce federal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels by 2025.
“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy applauds President Obama for his Administration’s efforts to reduce federal GHG emissions by increasing both energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources across federal government operations. In addition, several major federal suppliers are announcing commitments to cut their own GHG emissions showing business and industry are up for the challenge and willing to take the necessary steps to reduce their own GHG emissions.
“Since the Federal Government is the single largest consumer of energy in the nation, this enhanced commitment by the federal government to reduced emissions across the supply chain will have a large impact. The new commitments have international implications as well and will help support the United States’ commitment to cut net GHG emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, which President Obama first announced as part of the bilateral agreement with China in November 2014.
“According to the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook 2015 edition, the energy productivity of the U.S. economy has increased by 11% from 2007 to 2014 (based on U.S. GDP per unit of energy consumed). This has occurred in large part due to policies and investment in energy efficiency. The BCSE applauds the federal government for making these clean energy and energy efficiency investments amongst its own operations and encouraging this progress across the supply chain.”
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