10 US cities vow to cut emissions from buildings

2014-01-30 10:02

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Los Angeles - Mayors from 10 US cities on Wednesday pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings.

While power plants are the nation's No 1 carbon emitter, it long has been known that businesses and homes also contribute to carbon dioxide pollution. Most of it comes from the burning of fossil fuels for heating, cooling and lighting.

Many of the participating cities - Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Houston; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia and Salt Lake City - already are working toward making their buildings more energy efficient.

Los Angeles last year became the first major city in the country to require new and remodelled homes to sport "cool roofs" that reflect sunlight as part of an effort to save energy and reduce electricity bills.

Boston requires energy audits from building owners. The city, along with Chicago and Philadelphia, recently passed laws to measure how much energy buildings are using as a first step toward boosting their efficiency.

Other places including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, Houston and Salt Lake City participate in a voluntary federal programme to cut emissions from commercial and industrial buildings.

The cities will work with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Institute for Market Transformation, a non-profit that promotes green building.

The groups said the reductions would be equal to taking more than a million cars off the road and could save residents $1bn annually.

The project is funded by ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation and other philanthropic groups.

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