Increasing Ambition. The upcoming COP26, considered one of the most influential since the Paris Agreement in 2015 is a venue for the US states to help ratchet up ambition. According to the Climate Group, 55% of states and regions with a 2030 emissions reduction target are showing greater ambition than their national counterparts. Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, California, Hawai’i, Washington, Virginia, Oregon, and Maine have all passed legislation to get to 100% carbon-free electricity by at least 2050, something the federal Congress has yet to do.
Staying true to form, Hawai’i is doing what it did with its 100 percent renewable by 2045, and sub zero emissions target (to sequester more than emitted), Hawai’i is the first state to declare a climate emergency (SCR 44) this year.
Hawai’i, as part of the 25-governor US Climate Alliance, is doing its bit and putting forth its own High Impact Actions that will be the next generation of actions to limit warming to 1.5 degrees.
Here, you can see the HI Impact Actions that Hawaii has committed to, and being taken by Hawai’i’s climate commission and its individual members. Such action is being undertaken under the framework of impactful climate legislation at home, and commitments announced for COP26.
Through the State’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, and its partners like the Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Taskforce, Hawai‘i aims to achieve 100 percent renewable energy and carbon neutrality by 2045.
The Commission’s statement (here) on climate mitigation focuses on reducing emissions from the ground transportation sector.
State’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory report, 2019: The latest report can be found here.
Our Aloha+ dashboard shows Hawaii’s progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Fleet Conversion: To help public fleet managers convert their vehicles to clean fuels, see Fleet Toolbox here.
The Commission recognizes that ground transportation contributes significantly to Hawai‘i’s share of greenhouse gas emissions. It supports a price on carbon, and mechanisms to reduce overall vehicle miles traveled, as well as converting all remaining vehicle-based ground transportation to renewable, zero-emission fuels and technologies.
See all the mitigation ideas, concepts, and projects the Commission has investigated/considered by clicking here.