June 2005 E-Newsletter

In This Issue

Exelon Corporation Joins the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council

Exelon Corporation has joined the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council and their efforts to address global climate change. Exelon Corporation, one of the nation's largest electric utilities and a Fortune 500 company, has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by eight percent from 2001 levels by 2008. Exelon has also committed to work with, and encourage, its suppliers to reduce their GHG emissions. Learn more about Exelon's emissions reduction initiatives.

California's Governor Sets Aggressive Emissions Targets

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order on June 1 establishing aggressive emissions targets for the state. The order calls for reducing California's GHG emissions by 11% below current levels by 2010, 25% by 2020, and 80% by 2050.

Other States News:

  • Washington State Governor Gregoire recently signed two bills (SB 5111 and SB 5101) that will increase both supply and demand for renewable energy generation. The Governor also signed HB 1397 adopting California's vehicle GHG emissions standards for Washington State, conditional on Oregon's adoption of the standard.
  • Iowa Governor Thomas Vilsack signed an executive order on April 22 mandating a 15% improvement in energy efficiency at state facilities by 2010, the procurement of hybrid or alternative-fuel state vehicles, the purchase of equipment with the lowest life-cycle cost when possible, and the purchase of 10% renewable electricity by state agencies.

Learn more about these and other steps taken at the state level.

Canada's Climate Change Plan

Canada is the world's eighth largest GHG emitter. Canada ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992 and its subsequent Kyoto Protocol in 2002, committing to reduce its GHG emissions by 6 percent below 1990 levels in 2008-2012.

Prime Minister Paul Martin pledged during the 2004 national election campaign to develop a new plan to meet Canada's Kyoto target. Read a summary of Canada's Climate Change Plan.

Beyond Kyoto: Options For Post-2012 Climate Agreement

In testimony to the Canadian Parliament, the Pew Center's Elliot Diringer describes options for advancing the international climate change effort beyond 2012 and the Center's efforts to build consensus among policymakers and stakeholders from around the world. Read the testimony.

New Section of Website Launched: Articles

A compilation of Pew authored articles are available at:

Upcoming Reports

"The U.S. Electric Power Sector and Climate Change Mitigation"
Essentially a "Climate Change and Electricity 101," this report explores options for reducing the electric power sector's GHG emissions over the next decade and over the next half century.
Expected Release Date: Late May 2005

"Towards A Climate-Friendly Built Environment"
Likewise, this "Climate Change and Buildings 101" explores options for reducing GHG emissions from buildings over the next decade and over the next 50 years.
Expected Release Date: Late May 2005

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