Energy efficiency is a proven, low-cost way to reduce pollutants, and it can significantly help 32 states comply with U.S. air quality regulations, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Despite its value, many states are not taking credit for using energy efficiency to meet federal standards.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) set limits on six criteria pollutants that are harmful to public health and welfare. States are required to develop state implementation plans (SIPs) to maintain or achieve these standards. EPA designates states with air pollutant concentrations above the NAAQS limits as “nonattainment” areas. These states must meet added stringency requirements through their SIPs to reduce air pollutant emissions in specific geographic regions. States that meet the standards are in “attainment” and must take steps to maintain this status.
FULL STORY was published on June 6, 2018 via Sustainable City Network