Sources: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.; CP staff
EPA is terminating Climate Leaders, a voluntary initiative launched in 2002 under President George Bush. CalPortland Co., Lafarge North America, Holcim (US) Inc., and Aggregate Industries, along with Mack Trucks, Navistar Inc. and other participants from a broad range of businesses, set greenhouse gas-reduction goals based on corporate-wide emissions inventory. As Climate Leaders services are phased out over the coming year, EPA is encouraging participating companies to transition to similar state or nongovernmental programs.
Factoring into the decision are numerous regulatory and voluntary-program developments that address GHG emissions. Among these, EPA cites the first-ever mandatory reporting rule, effective January 2010 for large-volume generators, plus robust climate programs offered by states and nongovernmental organizations. Agency officials see the transition from Climate Leaders allowing resource realignment to better assist companies in benefiting from emissions data collected under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which promotes exchange and application of best practices and innovative technologies.