The Environmental Protection Agency has published its fiscal year strategic plan for 2011-2015. The strategic plan, which focuses on EPA’s mission of protect human health and the environment, sets forth five strategic goals:

  1. taking action on climate change and improving air quality,
  2. protecting America’s waters,
  3. cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development,
  4. ensuring the safety of chemicals and preventing pollution, and
  5. enforcing environmental laws.

On top of the strategic goals, the EPA introduced five cross-cutting fundamental strategies and says that it will rely on three core values: science, transparency and rule of law.

To address climate change, the EPA “will reduce GHG emissions domestically and internationally through cost-effective, voluntary programs while pursuing additional regulatory actions as needed.” A few ways they plan to address this is through a national GHG reporting system, new standards for cars and light-duty vehicles beyond 2017 and new mileage standards for medium and heavy vehicles, implementing permitting requirements for facilities that emit a large amount of GHGs, and collaborating with state and local officials for regulatory and policy initiatives.