SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger issued the following statement today after the President announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) will adopt a vehicle emissions standard modeled after Californiaâ€™s first-in-the-nation standard and the International Code Council announced the stateâ€™s newly adopted Green Building Standards Code will serve as a foundation for commercial buildings worldwide.
â€œCalifornia continues to lead the nation and the world in protecting the environment and fighting climate change,â€ said Governor Schwarzenegger. â€œI am proud that our efforts to reduce energy consumption and carbon output serve as an example for the rest of the nation and the world, and I applaud the federal government and the International Code Council for recognizing that we must take action now to fight global warming. Todayâ€™s announcements mean we will not only see dramatic reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions from our cars, trucks and buildings; we will also see savings passed on to consumers at the pump and in their energy bills. I look forward to continue working with our partners at all levels of government and in the private sector to find additional solutions – like Californiaâ€™s first-in-the-nation tailpipe emissions standard and green building code – that protect our environment and grow our economy at the same time.â€
Since taking office, the Governor has aggressively pursued the enforcement of Californiaâ€™s 2002 law, AB 1493 by Assemblymember Fran Pavley, which allows California to enact and enforce emissions standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. The state filed a lawsuit against the U.S. EPA in 2008 to overturn its decision denying Californiaâ€™s waiver request to enforce the stateâ€™s tailpipe emission standards after the California Air Resources Board requested the waiver in 2005. The U.S. EPA granted Californiaâ€™s waiver in June 2009.
In 2008, the Governor announced the adoption of the countryâ€™s first statewide Green Building Standards Code by the California Building Standards Commission. The adopted 2008 code went into effect on August 1, 2009. It is currently a voluntary standard and will become mandatory in the 2010 code. The International Code Council announced today it is developing a new code for commercial buildings entitled the International Green Construction Code, and will use the current California Green Building Standards Code as a key reference document.
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