For Immediate Release
Febuary 12, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Renews Call for Reductions of Greenhouse Gasses

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Secretary Roderick L. Bremby today renewed his call to industry and stakeholders to engage in discussions to establish goals for voluntary reductions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in Kansas.

“Despite repeated invitations, no one has contacted us to begin the public process of addressing climate change in Kansas,” said Bremby. “We need to work side-by-side to develop a state policy addressing greenhouse gas emissions to better position Kansas when the inevitable federal legislation is enacted.”

It is almost certain that a federal “cap and trade” system will be enacted within the next three years that would create a price for carbon dioxide emissions similar to those being implemented in Europe. Industry experts believe the cost would likely be $20 to $30 a ton.

“We are choosing not to ignore the impending federal legislation,” said Bremby. “We want to work with industry to develop strategies today to mitigate those future regulations.”

One tool that will be used when considering energy policy options will be the state’s first detailed inventory of carbon dioxide pollution emitted in Kansas. KDHE has hired the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) to inventory greenhouse gas emissions for Kansas for the period of 1990 – 2025.

CCS is a nonprofit service organization that works directly with public officials and agencies to identify, design and implement policies that address climate mitigation, clean energy and economic development opportunities. It is estimated that the inventory will be completed by the end of April.

“Protecting the health and environment of Kansans is a responsibility we all share,” said Bremby. “It is our hope to partner with interested stakeholders to ensure that responsibility.”