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Draft Objectives to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
As revised and approved on September 29, 1998

Electric Power
  1. Replace or convert carbon-intensive generating facilities with low-carbon, carbon-free, or high efficiency technologies such as combined cycle natural gas, renewable sources, advanced clean coal, and clean distributed generation.
  2. Enhance development, commercialization and introduction of, and capital flow towards, new climate-friendly technologies.
  3. Enable and enhance markets for retail energy services that encourage energy effi!ciency and the use of low-carbon and carbon-free energy technologies.
  4. Recognize the environmental attributes of existing carbon-free power generation.

  1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.
  2. Accelerate development and utilization of cleaner fuels and engines.
  3. Reduce vehicle miles traveled.

  1. Replace or convert carbon-intensive industrial boilers and generating facilities with low-carbon, carbon-free, or high efficiency technologies and increase energy efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes.
  2. Encourage design and use of climate-friendly products and processes.
  3. Encourage energy-efficient recycling of feedstocks, waste material, and energy.

  1. Encourage retrofits of existing buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through more efficient !electricity and fuel use.
  2. Encourage design of new buildings that would reduce emissions in the construction phase and during the operation of the building in its lifetime.
  3. Improve the efficiency of appliances and other products within the building.
  4. Optimize building efficiency by integrating systems for their design, operation, and maintenance.

  1. Encourage opportunities for climate-friendly products from farm, grazing, and forest lands.
  2. Promote carbon sequestration on farm, grazing, and forest lands.
  3. Reduce fossil energy requirements for farming, grazing, and forestry.
  4. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural by-products.

Cross-cutting objectives
  1. Expand trade in cleaner technologies to stimulate domestic markets and to transfer technologies to developing countries.
  2. Encourage early action to adopt climate-friendly technologies.
  3. ! Encourage systematic approaches to land-use planning that promote reuse of materials, brownfields, and preservation of greenspace.

Proposed General Approaches for Rapid
Deployment of Technology
As revised and approved on September 29, 1998

1. Fiscal Policy should encourage the replacement of carbon-intensive technologies with those that are climate-friendly, and increase investment in innovation through performance-based incentives and other mechanisms.

2. Statutory and Regulatory authority should facilitate flexible and performance-based approaches that make it easier to install and employ climate friendly technologies.

3. Voluntary Commitments should be used to learn how to reduce emissions, and put these lessons into practice.

4. Information technolo!gy should be used to inform everyone about the availability and benefits of climate-friendly technologies.

5. RD&D progress should ensure that future emissions reductions can be met at least cost and in ways that contribute to sustainable development.