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A Best Practice Approach: How to Plan, Execute and Thrive in the "Changing" World of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, and Energy Management
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Like it or not, believe in the science or not, greenhouse gas (GHG) legislation in response to global climate change concerns is forthcoming. Spawned by the Kyoto Accord initiative, the Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change with the objective of reducing greenhouse gases that cause climate change. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted on December 11, 1997 by the 3rd Conference of Parties, and it entered into force on February 16, 2005. Since that time, the European Union has enacted a cap-and-trade program aimed at reducing GHG emissions across all industries. Meanwhile, in the U.S. no federal legislation has been enacted by Congress, although it is widely anticipated that legislation will likely be passed within the next 12-18 months. In the absence of federal direction, in 2006, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which requires a reduction in GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
Blue, K. N.; Spates, C. N. (2009). A Best Practice Approach: How to Plan, Execute and Thrive in the "Changing" World of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, and Energy Management. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from