According to new WRI analysis, in the near- to mid-term, Michigan can meet and possibly exceed future emissions standards for existing power plants. The state has renewable energy (RPS) and energy efficiency standards in place that are already set to achieve significant reductions in CO2 emissions from the power sector.
Five-country comparison on solar photovoltaic and on-shore wind energy policies and progress.
WRI analysis finds that North Carolina can reduce its CO2 emissions 29 percent below 2011 levels by 2020 using existing state policies and infrastructure opportunities. These reductions would meet or exceed relatively stringent EPA standards for existing power plants.
WRI analysis finds that Ohio can reduce its CO2 emissions 27 percent below 2011 levels by 2020 using existing state policies and infrastructure opportunities. These reductions would meet or exceed potentially stringent federal standards by the EPA for existing power plants.
The Obama Administration committed in 2009 to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. While the Administration is not currently on track to meet this goal, it can pursue a suite of policies even without new legislation.
World Resources Report #1, "The Great Balancing Act."
WRI life cycle process map.
Stock of Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) from Four Emerging Economies and Combined OFDI Flows, 1998–2011
The UK has made a substantial effort to mobilize climate finance. GBP 1.06 billion had been spent and committed as of November 2011.