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3 key measures to advance 2030 climate change goals in the United States

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Aug 22 2023 ยท 1 min read

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๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ Driving the news: The U.S. is focusing on decarbonizing transportation (28%), electricity (25%), and industrial sectors (23%)
• Despite the measures, there is still a shortfall in achieving the 50-52% reduction
• Rhodium Group’s report emphasizes the need for new laws and regulations

๐Ÿ”ญ The context:  In April 2021, the U.S. announced plans to reduce GHG emissions by 50-52% from 2005 levels and achieve net-zero by 2050
• This involves the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BILBIL), and complementary measures such as the national target for electric vehicles and carbon-free electricity

๐ŸŒŽ Why does it matter for the planet: The U.S.'s approach targets multiple sectors, with agricultural innovation, sustainable urban development, and green upskilling playing key roles
• This multifaceted strategy could become a model for achieving substantial GHG emission reductions

โญ๏ธ What's next: For the plan to work, new technologies must be developed, and investments made in sustainable agriculture and clean energy
• The U.S. must also promote sustainable infrastructure in cities and focus on upskilling workers for the era of energy transition

๐Ÿ’ฌ One quote: “It will be essential that the U.S. shift to low-carbon farming practices like regenerative agriculture, which have the potential to eliminate 250 million metric tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to 5% of U.S. emissions.” (Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner at DBL Partners)

๐Ÿ“ˆ One stat: Rhodium Group’s report shows the U.S. is on track for a 32-42% reduction in GHG emissions below 2005 levels in 2030

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