|Thirteen states (dark green) are committing to the California emissions standards. States in yellow are considering them. Click to enlarge
Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed three Executive Orders that establish a number of immediate actions designed to decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the state; increase energy efficiency; increase the use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy; and increase the use of alternative energy sources such as ethanol and hydrogen.
Among the actions is the adoption of the California motor vehicle emissions standards, which include the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, once the EPA hurdle is passed. (Earlier post.) This would bring to 13 the number of states—including California—opting for those regulations.
Governor Crist signed Executive Order 07-126, titled “Leadership by Example: Immediate Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Florida State Government”; Executive Order 07-127, “Immediate Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions within Florida”; and Executive Order 07-128, “Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change.”
Leadership by Example: Immediate Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Florida State Government. This order requires the state government first to measure its own greenhouse gas emissions and develop a Governmental Carbon Scorecard. The state government is then to work to reduce its emissions 10% by 2012, 25% by 2017, and 40% by 2025.
To achieve that goal, state buildings constructed in the future will be energy efficient and include solar panels whenever possible. Office space leased in the future must be in energy-efficient buildings as well. Any purchased state vehicles should be fuel efficient and use ethanol and biodiesel fuels when available. State government will also seek to partner with an energy-efficient rental-car company for the 2009 contract.
Immediate Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions within Florida. This order directs the adoption of maximum emission levels of greenhouse gases for electric utilities. The standard requires a reduction of emissions to 2000 levels by 2017, to 1990 levels by 2025, and by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.
Florida will also adopt the California motor vehicle emission standards, pending approval of the US Environmental Protection Agency waiver. The standard is a 22% reduction in vehicle emissions by 2012 and a 30% reduction by 2016.
Florida will also require energy-efficient consumer appliances to increase efficiency by 15% of current standards. Governor Crist also requested that the Public Service Commission adopt a 20% Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2020, with a strong focus on solar and wind energy.
Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. Governor Crist will appoint diverse stakeholders to a Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. Team members will create a Florida Climate Change Action Plan that will include strategies beyond today’s Executive Orders to reduce emissions, including recommendations for proposed legislation for consideration during the 2008 Legislative Session and beyond.
The signing of the executive orders concluded the “Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change” held at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel in Miami on 12-13 July.
Earlier in the day, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Governor Crist in hosting a roundtable discussion among chief executive officers of business corporations and non-government organizations.