Action from the world's two largest emitters, which together account for 38 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, should inspire greater climate commitments from other nations.
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As Karl Hausker noted in a Congressional testimony, the United States can not only achieve its goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent by 2025—doing so will actually create economic and quality-of-life benefits.
Road to Paris: Examining the President’s International Climate Agenda and Implications for Domestic Environmental Policy
Testimony of Dr. Karl Hausker before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
In a July 8, 2015 testimony, Karl Hausker addresses the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
A new report lays out 10 recommendations that could deliver 96 percent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep global warming to safe levels while also generating economic benefits.
The joint statement goes beyond research and development and embraces an unprecedented accord on climate targets, where both countries committed to increase their share of renewables by 20 percent by 2030.
The world’s largest emitter plans to peak its emissions around 2030 and increase its share of non-fossil fuels in energy consumption to around 20 percent by the same year. The country's new climate plan also builds on these commitments with additional announcements on carbon intensity, forests, adaptation and more.
WASHINGTON (JUNE 30, 2015)— China formally submitted its contribution to United Nations climate talks today. The pledge commits China to a peak in emissions by 2030, an increase in the share of non-fossil fuels in its energy mix by about 20 percent by 2030, and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 60-65% by 2030, from 2005 levels.
The excitement around clean energy access through distributed renewable energy has a good basis in real world experience. By creating the right policy and regulatory conditions, international clean energy access initiatives can help other countries benefit from greater access to electricity through distributed renewable energy.
As the world’s largest emitter, an ambitious and comprehensive climate plan from China is critical, both for reducing the country’s impact and for the greater climate action such ambition would inspire internationally.