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:
- taking action on climate change and improving air quality,
- protecting America’s waters,
- cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development,
- ensuring the safety of chemicals and preventing pollution, and
- 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.