EPA Helps Labs Save Resources

EPA Helps Labs Save Resources

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday offered possible regulatory or policy flexibility to its laboratories participating in the Labs21 program, suggesting labs could reduce their electricity demand by 68%, energy use by 66%, and water consumption by 80%, depending on the laboratory.

Labs21 is a voluntary initiative being developed by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the performance of laboratories in energy and water efficiency, renewable energy usage and environmental stewardship.

According to an EPA spokesman, the agency hopes that by its offering potential flexibility through Project XL, laboratories will explore innovations to yield even better environmental results.

In the first stage of this project, EPA will synchronize the Labs21 and Project XL application and review. In the second stage, EPA will develop and issue case-specific agreements for testing innovative ways to maximize environmental performance at laboratories.

Project XL, which stands for eXcellence and Leadership, is a five-year-old EPA program that tests innovative ways of achieving better and more cost-effective public health and environmental protection, working in conjunction with greater accountability to stakeholders.