Providing support for achieving near-term emission reductions and meeting the United States' international climate commitments
The United States' Climate Action Plan lays out the steps the current Administration is taking to address climate change. It is crucial that we continue to act ambitiously in taking steps to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, methane from natural gas systems, and HFCs from refrigeration and cooling systems. WRI is well positioned to inform the debate as to what those agencies can do under the law, and what they need to do for the U.S. to meet its 2020 commitment – namely, enact “go-getter” level emissions standards across all major emitting sources and the full suite of greenhouse gases.
While attention is focused on what can be done now under existing authority, we must simultaneously lay the foundation to achieve longer-term goals.
WRI has established a reputation for analytic strength in the analysis of what can be achieved in climate policy – first through our work analyzing the various legislative proposals, and more recently through our analysis of what can be done using existing authorities. We have become the go-to place for numbers on the potential emission reductions of new policies, especially when looking at how to approach climate policy from a comprehensive, across-the-economy perspective. Our goal with this project is to complete the foundational analysis for a long-term plan so that it is ready when it is needed.