While bakers are not be subject to the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACESA) of 2009’s cap and trade program. Bakers will be affected by the indirect costs associated with either legislation or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG):
- Increased energy costs and possible loss of croplands
- Increased transportation costs
- If regulatory applicability trigger levels are low, per the Clean Air Act, bakers could be subject to significant new administrative and regulatory burdens.
The ABA supports pragmatic solutions that incentivize voluntary reductions in energy use and GHG output through offsets and grant programs for innovation and capital investment.