US Climate Alliance draws up new clean plans

The initiative marks the one-year anniversary of US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

By Jonny Bairstow

The US Climate Alliance has launched new clean initiatives to mark the one-year anniversary of the nation’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, which was the 1st of June.

The group was set up for individual states to join and work to uphold their share of the Paris Agreement target to reduce emissions by between 26% and 28% from 2005 levels by 2025.

A total of 16 states and Puerto Rico remain on track – US Climate Alliance states are said to be reducing emissions more rapidly than the rest of the country while expanding per capita economic output twice as fast.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a series of new goals, which aim to further progress on emissions reductions to meet the agreed-upon targets.

These include reducing short-lived climate pollutants, expanding clean energy financing, driving grid modernisation, deploying new sources of renewable energy, improving the energy efficiency of appliances and increasing resilience to climate change.

It will also work to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), capture and use waste methane and address so-called “super emitters”.

As a part of the initiative, the NY Green Bank is raising at least $1 billion (£746m) of funding from the private sector to deploy nationally.

Governor Cuomo said: “Despite the federal government’s environmental inaction, New York and the coalition of states will lead by example with unprecedented investments in renewable energy, cutting harmful emissions, all while creating a clean energy economy.”