Obama Issued Regulations to Reduce Emissions by 40 Percent

Bogor, March 27, 2015

US President Barack Obama on Thursday (19/3) issued regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the federal government by 40 percent in the next 10 years, compared with 2008 levels.

Obama also promised to increase the share of electricity used by the federal government from renewable energy sources to 30 percent by 2025. "This goal is ambitious, but we know can be achieved," Obama said.

The federal government will comply the targets to reduce energy and water use in federal buildings, reduction of gas emissions from government vehicles and multiply electric vehicles in the federal fleet.

In a signing ceremony at the US Department of Energy, Obama, accompanied by company executives IBM, GE and Northrop Grumman - US leading companies that sell their products to the US government.

President Obama praised the efforts of companies that are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "Cumulatively, what we do is allow all sectors of the economy not only comply some of the main targets will be required to reduce the impact of climate change, but also save costs, increase revenue, and give a boost to the industry as a whole," he said.

Obama set a target of reducing the overall US emissions by 25 percent by 2025. This target, which is measured based on the figures of 2008, is expected to be announced in negotiating a new treaty on the reduction of global warming are expected to be signed in December, in the climate summit in Paris.


Source: voaindonesia.com (200315)