Spotlight Activity: Hawaii Aims to be Carbon-Neutral by 2045
Hawaii has passed a series of bills intended to make the state a “zero-emissions clean economy” by 2045. One bill will establish a greenhouse gas sequestration task force, and another will set the structure for a carbon offset program. The third bill will add a requirement to building proposals of performing a sea level rise analysis.
Hawaii has an existing target of generating 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045, and is well on its way to carbon neutrality. The most recent bills passed expand upon this target, making Hawaii the first state in the U.S. to aim for total carbon neutrality.
Status: Good Move
While the U.S. as a whole is falling behind on its commitments to the Paris Agreement, Hawaii is moving ahead with a strong, cohesive commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. This sets an example for other states to do the same and shows that it is possible to remain committed to the Paris Agreement at the state level despite non-support at the federal level.
Contact your representative in your state’s legislature to voice your support for a stricter, state-level Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction target with the following message:
Hawaii’s legislature recently committed to a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. I support carbon neutrality and strict state-level emissions reductions goals in our state to help our state emulate what Hawaii is doing and to support our nation’s commitments under the Paris Agreement.