11 May 2009 09:05:09
US EPA budget calls for greenhouse gas registry
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has laid out plans for the creation of a $17 million (£11.2 million) greenhouse gas registry as part of its 2010 fiscal budget proposals.
In an attempt to ensure that the fast-developing carbon trading market remains transparent, the government department will develop tools to help measure emissions at their source.
To this end, it proposes to invest in establishing "data reporting and implementation, data management systems and guidance for the regulated community".
The EPA has also set aside $2 million (£1.3 million) for the continuation of efforts to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions by three percent per year.
Blueprints for the $10.5 billion (£6.9 billion) annual budget also include measures to help tackle hazardous waste sites and reduce pollution.
Lisa Jackson, head of the EPA, said that the new budget "reflects the president's commitment to growing a clean energy economy while protecting human health and the environment".
She added: "These investments demonstrate that it is possible to work towards both a green economy and a green environment by positioning EPA to lead the way in green jobs, in innovation and technology and in action on global climate change."
The budget proposals have been sent by the president along with those from other departments to the US Congress, where they will be developed, amended and passed into law before next April.http://www.epa.gov/budget/