U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program
EIA: U.S. Companies Achieving Greater Cuts in Greenhouse Gases
March 2, 2005
A total of 234 U.S. companies and other entities have reported
undertaking 2,188 projects in 2003 to reduce or sequester greenhouse
gases, DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced in late February. The companies, participants in EIA's Voluntary Reporting of
Greenhouse Gases Program, reduced their emissions by the equivalent to
268 million metric tons of carbon dioxide through direct emission
reductions, 81 million metric tons through indirect emission
reductions, and 7 million metric tons through carbon sequestration.
Indirect emission reductions are reductions from sources not owned or
leased by the reporting entity, but occurring as a result of the
entity's activities. Relative to 2002, the cut in direct emissions
increased by 1.2 percent, while the cut in indirect reductions
increased by 1.1 percent. See the EIA press release.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released
its draft inventory of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and sinks for
1990 through 2003. The draft report finds that U.S. greenhouse gas
emissions increased by 0.6 percent in 2003, slightly less than the EIA
had reported in mid-December. See the EPA draft report and the related
EIA press release.