2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORTING THE RECOGNITION OF GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION BENEFITS OF WASTE-TO-ENERGY AND OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

     WHEREAS, many local communities and municipalities have adopted an integrated waste management approach that includes development and operation of renewable energy technologies such as waste-to-energy and electricity produced from landfill gas; and

     WHEREAS, each community should strive to ensure safe disposal of solid waste and generation of electricity for its residents from clean energy sources; and

     WHEREAS, renewable energy sources such as waste-to-energy and electricity produced from landfill gas provide a number of environmental benefits including utilization of indigenous natural resources, reduced dependence on imported foreign energy supply, increasing domestic fuel diversity, and significant reduction in the potential for release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; and

     WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other experts in the field of greenhouse gas emissions have studied waste-to-energy=s ability to avoid the release of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere and found that facilities nationwide annually avoid the release into the atmosphere of more than 40 million metric tons of carbon dioxide or its equivalent, a potent greenhouse gas; and

     WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Congress, and many states, counties, and local governments are considering the adoption of policy, legislation, and regulations to quantify the reduction or avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions from various technologies and management methods, and in some cases assign greenhouse gas credits for the reduction or avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions emitted into the atmosphere,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors recognizes the significant contribution provided by waste-to-energy and electricity produced by landfill gas in avoiding the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Congress, states, counties and local governments to quantify the amount of greenhouse gas emissions avoided by the use of waste-to-energy and electricity produced from landfill gas using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency methodology or similar method, and to grant these technologies the same incentives as provided in policy, legislation and regulation to other technologies or methods that reduce or avoid release of greenhouse gases.