Climate Change Council Releases GHG Reduction Report

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The Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council has come to a consensus on two greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction scenarios and 56 policy options in its 469-page final report to the governor and general assembly.

Charged with this task in 2007, the 23-member, governor-appointed council, along with four state assemblymen and numerous technical advisors, studied more than 300 policy options before the council pared their choices to 56.

The two scenarios are: 50% cutback from 2005 emissions by 2050, with interim goals of 1% by 2012 and 11% by 2020; and 90% cutback from 2005 emissions by 2050, with interim goals of 3% by 2012 and 22% by 2020.

If all 56 strategies are carried out, according to projections supplied by the Center for Climate Strategies (which facilitated the process and provided technical assistance to the Council), the 90% cutback scenario can be met. The options promote energy efficiency, use of fuels and practices that pollute less, and development of new technologies that reduce or do not contribute to GHG emissions.

The council's decisions were based on an Iowa GHG emissions inventory and forecast developed by the Center for Climate Strategies in close consultation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and many council and subcommittee members.

The energy industry, which accounts for 31% of Iowa's GHG emissions, is impacted the most by the council's options. The industry would be required to increase renewable energy sources and reduce carbon dioxide discharges.

SOURCE: Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council

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