Just as the private sector is moving forward with recycling innovation ideas and other initiatives, the U.S. Just as the private sector is moving forward with recycling innovation ideas and other initiatives, the U.S. government is also collaborating with environmental efforts. Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported on the progress of the ENERGY STAR program, which focuses on a cost-effective transition to the types of technologies that are critical to slowing the progress of climate change. Joe Biden’s administration has set a goal of cutting emissions by more than 50% by 2030. Will it be possible?
The EPA’s work appears to be being well executed. The capacity of its climate partnerships is working to promote clean energy and the reduction of fossil fuel use. Through these efforts, it will be possible to increase energy efficiency and create jobs that benefit more people. Environmental progress will go hand in hand with social progress.
Clear objectives for effective goals
EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan highlights the updated ENERGY STAR standards. “EPA is leading the way in advancing technologies that will revolutionize the way we use energy as a country. From innovative heat pump technology, to the advancement of electric vehicle charging, to inclusive financing for ENERGY STAR upgrades, today’s announcements will catalyze efforts to make high-performing, energy-efficient technology available to every household in America.”
One of the updates to the ENERGY STAR standards includes residential water heaters and heating/cooling equipment. EPA promotes innovative heat pump technology that reduces carbon pollution and lowers energy and heating costs. EPA further estimates that if all central air conditioners, heat pumps, and electric water heaters sold in the country met the standards, the savings would reach $11 billion a year. In addition, 255 billion pounds of greenhouse gases would be avoided per year. This figure equals one-third of all direct household and apartment emissions in the country recorded in 2019.
Sustainable standards to combat carbon emissions
The updated standards are designed to prevent the advancement of climate consequences and thus slow the progress of climate change. For example, heat pumps have more efficient requirements and a cold weather designation that allows consumers and contractors to find equipment for cold outdoor temperatures. This achieves a reduction in carbon emissions, the goal EPA is pursuing today with the ENERGY STAR program.
Likewise, the new standards address problems for climates associated with equipment installation and maintenance, because they can undermine energy savings and comfort. Sustainable solutions also include transportation. ENERGY STAR covers the electric vehicle (EV) charging in commercial environments using fast chargers. It is also possible to see companies using methods to reduce carbon pollution.
Strategies to reduce emissions in homes and buildings
The environmental impact of buildings and homes in the country is especially observed by the EPA. To that end, it has committed to developing a new ENERGY STAR program to accelerate energy efficiency and electrification renovations in homes. Additionally, ENERGY STAR recognition will be expanded for new residential construction, and public health will be promoted with residential indoor air quality labeling programs.
EPA has also proposed to support the development of benchmarking policies and performance standards in construction. This is intended to promote awareness from the outset of actions in the real estate industry. Another commitment in this regard is the launch of zero-carbon building recognition and a new tool that calculates greenhouse gas emissions for commercial buildings.
Additionally, on commitments focused on electric vehicles, the ENERGY STAR program has developed the first credible energy efficiency testing method for fast chargers. This update will increase the adoption of electric vehicle technology and help the country reduce carbon pollution. It will also help reduce pollution from commercial buildings and electric vehicle charging stations.
At eSmart Recycling, as a social enterprise that works to ensure that children and families in need have a better future in the digital age, we are motivated by the strengthening of sustainable initiatives. That is why we are committed to continue recycling and donating computers to contribute to our community and the environment.