Honolulu’s Climate Action Planning and Inter-County Collaboration
Monday, April 3, 2017
noon - 1 p.m. HST
Honolulu, HI, United States
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Hawai‘i has some of the most progressive energy and climate change commitments in the nation and continues to make progress, as demonstrated by the recently released State Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) inventory. State law requires 100% renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045 and carbon neutrality for all sectors by 2045. Consistent with the 2017 Paris climate agreement, the City Council has endorsed a 100% clean energy and carbon neutral goal for 2045 via Resolution 18-221. To get there the City is expanding bike lanes, piloting electric buses, and installing LED streetlights island-wide to dramatically reduce energy use and save taxpayer dollars.
The City, through its commitment to the Paris climate agreement, has produced its GHG baseline inventory, is in the process of setting emissions reduction targets, and identifying the specific actions, policies, and investments necessary to achieve its goals. This is an ongoing effort. We know that we must drastically reduce our carbon pollution and other GHG emissions to curb and ultimately arrest global climate change. For O‘ahu, we collectively and annually incur costs of approximately $2.2B in petroleum expenditures, the direct driver of the climate change impacts that we must additionally adapt to.
Based on O'ahu's first GHG Inventory, on-road transportation is the largest GHG emission source on O'ahu. In addition, the amount of pollution per year is actually rising even as other sources fall. Therefore, reducing transportation-based carbon pollution is critical to meeting our overall climate change commitments.
This presentation will discuss in three parts: (1) Honolulu’s Climate Action Planning to date and what’s ahead; (2) Honolulu’s Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge award and work; and (3) inter-county climate action coordination and collaboration.
Robert "Rocky" Mould
Robert "Rocky" Mould
Ralph Portmore, email@example.com