Delivering on the U.S. Climate Commitment: A 10-Point Plan Toward A Low-Carbon Futureby Karl Hausker, Kristin Igusky, Rebecca Gasper, Nate Aden and Michael Obeiter - May 2015
This working paper examines where greenhouse gas emissions are headed if the United States does not take any new action to curb their release, how it can meet its 2025 emissions target using existing authorities and state action, and how legislation can achieve deeper cuts over the longer term while still growing the economy.
Emission reductions of 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 are achievable, provided the administration takes a comprehensive approach to strengthening current and proposed policies, fully implements the Clean Power Plan and takes new actions using existing authority to curb emission sources that are not yet addressed
The power sector presents the greatest opportunity for emission reductions. If the Clean Power Plan was further strengthened or the cost of renewable energy continues to rapidly decline, the United States could reduce its total emissions even further—by as much as 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Other sectors with large opportunities for emission reductions include HFCs (which are used as refrigerants and aerosols that significantly contribute to global warming), industry and natural gas systems.
Over the longer term, Congressional action will be essential to achieve deeper reductions and drive technological innovation.
With a national carbon price and additional GHG-cutting measures across the economy, the United States can reduce its GHG emissions 40-42 percent below 2005 levels in 2030, and 50-53 percent in 2040, putting itself on a pathway to even deeper cuts in the longer term, while also growing the economy and, in some cases, lowering energy bills for households and businesses.
Additional actions and legislation could expand the United States’ research, development, and deployment programs to spur the adoption of next-generation technologies. This will not only help bring next generation technologies to market, drive costs down through learning-by-doing and help overcome other barriers, but also help the United States remain a world leader of innovation.
- Karl Hausker - July 08, 2015
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.
- Rebecca Gasper and Kristin Igusky - June 22, 2015
Large trucks and airplanes account for about one-third of total U.S. transportation emissions. WRI analysis shows that setting strong efficiency standards for these sectors could deliver at least 6 percent of the total reductions the United States needs to meet its goal of reducing total emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
- Karl Hausker, Kristin Igusky, Rebecca Gasper, Nate Aden and Michael Obeiter - May 27, 2015
The Obama administration committed to reduce U.S. emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. A new WRI study reveals how to achieve that target—and go even further—through existing federal policies and state action.