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BASELINE SET FOR EMISSION GOALS

State agencies produced carbon emissions equivalent to almost 195,000 passenger cars or more than 115,000 homes last year, according a report released by the governor on Thursday.

Gov. Charlie Crist released Florida's first comprehensive assessment of greenhouse gas emissions produced by state government. The study identifies the amount of greenhouse gases produced by state agencies during the 2006-07 budget year. The report will serve as a baseline to help track emissions so that the state can make its buildings and vehicles more energy efficient. Reports will be issued four times a year.

Crist signed an executive order at a climate change summit in July calling for the state government to lead by example in reducing emissions in Florida. The state government is working to reduce emissions 10 percent by 2012, 25 percent by 2017 and 40 percent by 2025.

To meet those goals, the state will begin improving energy efficiency in existing buildings and setting higher building standards for construction. State agencies will buy fuel efficient vehicles, using ethanol and biodiesel when available.

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