Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Promoting Energy Efficiency
It is important to understand that many of our everyday choices can influence the amount of greenhouse gases being emitted, as well as pollutants that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, and particulate matter. Together, we can all see the benefits of reducing our greenhouse gases, both to human health and our environment.
How we commute in our personal vehicles, the energy efficiency of our homes and workplaces, and personal and community electricity use all have options available to help reduce human-generated greenhouse gas emissions.
Tips to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
Below are some of the programs and resources that support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Many of them are local efforts by counties or groups within South Carolina. There are also a number of resources outside our state that can help.
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Operating in an environmentally responsible fashion, the hospitality industry can lead by example with everyday, cost-effective practices that help protect and preserve the state's environment as well as the quality of life for all South Carolinians.
Is your business doing its part to help the environment? If so, then become a Lexington County Green Business Member.
In February 2007,the Climate, Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee (CECAC) was tasked by executive order to consider, evaluate, and compile a multi-sector set of recommended policy options and present them to Governor Sanford. Appointed by the Governor, the CECAC comprised a diverse group of stakeholders who brought broad perspective and expertise to the topic of climate change in South Carolina. In July 2008 the CECAC reported their recommendations for reducing GHG emissions and enhancing energy and economic policy in South Carolina by 2020 and beyond.
Its goal is to develop a system capable of supporting various greenhouse gas emission reporting and reduction policies for member states, tribes and other entities.
Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars — all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) First enacted by Congress in 1975, the purpose of CAFE is to reduce energy consumption by increasing the fuel economy of cars and light trucks. Regulating CAFE is the responsibility of National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The NHTSA and EPA are issuing this joint proposal to establish a National Program consisting of new standards for light-duty vehicles that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy.
For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.