Major Step towards a green city

As per the reports provided by the United Press International and SFenvironment.org, the San Francisco government has decided to take certain measures to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources. The ‘green news’ source said that the city has shown keen interest in inducing people to use more renewable energy resources. This is one of the major steps towards the reduction of energy uses which cause harm to the environment. The government has also shown interest in developing different sources of energy.

An ordinance regarding this major step was passed on Tuesday by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors which emphasized improving the energy efficiency in present buildings. It further emphasized reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases and cutting down the cost of the consumption of energy. Innovative steps must be taken to create green jobs for people in the city and the rest of the country as well.

The ordinance passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has set a standard for the commercial buildings in the city. It said that any commercial buildings which inhabit an area of over ten thousand square feet must be audited after every five years. The audit will be carried on to check and find that energy is used efficiently. This audit will help the government to improve standards and check whether or not the existing goals are met.

The Mayor of San Francisco, Mr. Edwin Lee, gave a ‘thumbs up’ to the ordinance passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. As per the reports given by the United Press International, Mr. Lee said that the need of the hour is to increase the use of alternate sources of energy and to improve the efficiency of existing buildings toward a higher set of standards. The new standards are aimed at emissions of green house gases. Emissions levels must be reduced to set targets over time. He also pointed out an advantage of this ordinance, that it will inform the owners of existing buildings about the steps or measures to be taken to save the money and energy. Another advantage was that it will help the economy by boosting ‘green jobs’ in the city of San Francisco.

The reports given by the United Press International refer to the Director of the Environment Department in San Francisco, Melanie Nutter, whose findings include that 70 percent of the businesses which had an audit through Energy Watch programs will need a retrofit to be conducted. Wakefield and Cushman, a local real estate brokerage firm, believes that millions of dollars could be saved with the coming of this ordinance.

- Chris Termeer

Chris Termeer

Chris Termeer is an oil and gas consultant, industry commentator and analyst. His book, Fundamentals of Investing in Oil and Gas provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including exploration, drilling, production, storage, transportation and refining, to name but a few.

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