The Chrysler Group and Ford Motor have joined the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), endorsing and participating in its call for economy-wide mandatory reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
USCAP, a partnership representing key sectors of the economy and non-government organizations, earlier this year issued a set of six principles and recommendations toward slowing, stopping and reversing the growth of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the shortest period of time “reasonably achievable”.
The group has recommended that Congress establish short- and mid-term emission reduction targets; a national program to accelerate technology research, development and deployment; and approaches to encourage action by other countries, including the developing world.
In May, General Motors became the first automaker to join group. (Earlier post.)
Now is the time for advancing a national approach to climate change where all of us—individuals, industry and government—take action toward reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
We look forward to working with the USCAP members in formulating a system to control greenhouse gas emissions in a way that not just addresses the supply of energy-efficient products and commodities, but also spurs demand for them.—Tom LaSorda, President and CEO, Chrysler Group
In testimony before Congress in March, LaSorda said that to make meaningful progress in reducing petroleum consumption in this country, the Federal Government needs to establish policies that address consumer demand and bend the bias of transportation fuels toward lower carbon alternatives as well as focusing on vehicle technology improvements.
Last week, Chrysler outlined a set of fuel-saving initiatives including developing mild-hybrid technology and expanding the company’s two-mode hybrid and BLUETEC clean-diesel programs. The company will also introduce new more fuel-efficient six- and eight-cylinder gasoline engines with Multi-displacement System (MDS) technology and dual-clutch transmission technology. (Earlier post.)