There’s been a dramatic groundswell of “bottom-up” climate leadership from U.S. states, cities and businesses in the face of a federal retreat on climate action. From state legislation mandating cleaner electricity sources to city policies encouraging all-electric buildings, these local efforts can significantly reduce U.S. emissions, especially if they continue to grow.
A new report, Accelerating America’s Pledge, provides a road map for rapid and comprehensive U.S. emissions reductions based on these subnational efforts. The report finds that:
- The foundation for faster climate action is already being laid, with U.S. subnational actors already on pace to reduce emissions 25% below 2005 levels by 2030;
- Scaling up current leading actions at the subnational level could reduce emissions 37% by 2030; and
- If subnational efforts are joined by strong federal climate policy over the next decade, the United States could reduce emissions 49% by 2030.
Accelerating America’s Pledge Report:
Download the executive summary
Download the full report
Download the one-page fact sheet
The “Accelerating America’s Pledge” report was issued by the America’s Pledge organization. From their website:
In July 2017, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown launched the America’s Pledge initiative, which will aggregate and quantify the actions of states, cities and businesses and other non-national actors in the United States to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.