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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.

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.

The Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition (PSCFC) is part of the Clean Cities program and is one of 88 designated coalitions in the United States. The Department of Energy approved the application for PSCFC's designation in 2003, recognizing the commitment of our stakeholders to building an alternative fuels market in South Carolina.
The Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) gives customers the option to support the development of renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass.

Help set the PaCE for green power in South Carolina. Right now.
The South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance is designed to help hotels, motels, restaurants and other hospitality facilities go green.

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.
The goal of the Lexington County Green Business Certification Program is to encourage Lexington County businesses to be outstanding stewards of the environment, thus preserving South Carolina’s natural resources, via waste reduction, recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and enhancing air quality.

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.

The Climate Registry is a multi-state and tribe collaboration aimed at developing and managing a highly reliable and uniform greenhouse gas emissions reporting system.

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.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

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.
Climate for Action motivates others to engage in activities to address climate change and reduce its effects on children’s health. Because children’s bodies are still developing and they interact differently with their environment, they suffer more than adults from the health effects of some environmental hazards. Changes in climate could increase some of those hazards. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will create a healthier environment where children live, learn, and play.
Climate and Energy State and Local Program assists state and local governments to develop clean energy policies and programs, which can reduce energy costs and improve air quality and public health. EPA provides state and local governments with and advises them on proven, cost-effective best practices, peer exchange opportunities, and analytical tools. Clean energy can also spur local economic development, improve public health and quality of life, and help communities meet sustainability and green building goals—all while providing opportunities for leadership and recognition.
Clean Cities (provided by the U.S. Department of Energy) strives to advance the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption.
Take Aim at Climate Change! Learn more about your role in greenhouse gas emissions and the effects they have on our world with this interactive webpage.

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.