Honolulu’s Climate Action Planning and Inter-County Collaboration

APA Hawai'i Chapter


Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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 Honolulu 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 $2.2 billion in petroleum expenditures. This is a key direct driver of climate change impacts to which we must additionally adapt.

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.


Rocky Mould

Robert “Rocky Mould is the Energy Program Manager in the City and County of Honolulu’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency. As Energy Program Manager, Rocky utilizes experience in energy, economics, and financial analysis to help the City plan, organize, and implement its energy programs and priorities. This ... Read More

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Ralph Portmore, rportmore@gmail.com