Tagged with Voluntary Programs

Fooling Ourselves: Voluntary Programs Fail to Clean Up Dirty Water

Environmental Working Group / by Soren Rundquist and Craig Cox http://www.ewg.org/research/fooling-ourselves Drinking water, lakes and rivers in Iowa and across the Corn Belt are in serious trouble because of polluted farm runoff. To tackle the problem, for decades we’ve taken the approach favored by agricultural interests – making federal tax dollars available for conservation practices … Continue reading

Voluntary Environmental and Organic Standards in Agriculture Policy Implications

OECD / by Sylvain Rousset, et al. http://bit.ly/1hUErOQ While public regulation in food and agriculture is attracting attention at both policy and research level for their potential implications on international food trade, policy implications of agricultural standards – understood to be legally not mandatory and hence voluntary – are much less well understood. Yet, environmental … Continue reading

EPA’s Voluntary Methane Reduction Challenge for Oil and Gas Companies

Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program : Proposed Framework US EPA http://www.epa.gov/gasstar/documents/methane_challenge_proposal_072315.pdf [Reuters]  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a program for oil and gas companies to make voluntary pledges to cut and track emissions of methane, one component of its wider strategy to target the potent greenhouse gas and combat climate change, the agency … Continue reading

Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program

University of California, Berkeley / by Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram http://bit.ly/1FBmCYO Conventional wisdom suggests that energy efficiency (EE) policies are beneficial because they induce investments that pay for themselves and lead to emissions reductions. However, this belief is primarily based on projections from engineering models. This paper reports on the results of an experimental evaluation of … Continue reading

Options for Improving Conservation Programs: Insights from Auction Theory and Economic Experiments

USDA Economic Research Service / by Daniel Hellerstein, Nathaniel Higgins, and Michael J. Roberts http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err181.aspx USDA spends over $5 billion per year on conservation programs, mostly on voluntary programs that pay farmers and landowners to provide environmental services. This report studies the use of auctions in conservation programs to determine if auction design can reduce Government … Continue reading

Reforestation as a Novel Abatement and Compliance Measure for Ground-level Ozone

Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (Published online before print Sept. 8, 2014;  doi: 10.1073/pnas.1409785111) / by Timm Kroeger, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/09/03/1409785111.full.pdf [From a Greenwire article by Amanda Peterka, sub. req’d] Planting trees can be a cost-effective remedy to ozone pollution in cities with persistent air quality problems, according to a study that examined urban … Continue reading

Biogas Opportunities Roadmap: Voluntary Actions to Reduce Methane Emissions and Increase Energy Independence

US DOE http://www.usda.gov/oce/reports/energy/Biogas_Opportunities_Roadmap_8-1-14.pdf [Biomass Magazine] The USDA has published its Biogas Opportunities Roadmap, a document that builds on progress made to date to identify voluntary actions that can be taken to reduce methane emissions through the use of biogas systems. It outlines strategies to overcome barriers limiting further expansion and development of a robust biogas … Continue reading