Pathways to net-zero carbon emissions

MIT Alumni for Climate Action
Pathways to net-zero carbon emissions start with a pledge to reduce and eliminate fossil fuel use as rapidly as possible. This achievement will prevent the worst of the damage from climate change by helping the United States to stay within the limits set by the Paris Agreement. One way to help achieve this goal is through grassroots efforts, including those at many college campuses, cities, counties, states, and countries. This critical goal must be met within a generation.

States like California, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, and Maryland have taken a lead in setting targets for renewable energy. These states have announced that they plan to reduce greenhouse gases and/or increase their  renewable energy portfolio to 50 % by 2030. Some states are going further to declare goals of 100 % by 2045. We provide links below to some of the climate legislation and programs for renewable energy and GHG emissions for California and Hawaii and carbon pricing in states and Canadian provinces. The National Conference of State Legislatures website maintains the renewable portfolio standards and goals for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Plans to achieve 100 % renewable energy have been proposed by the Stanford University group of Professor Mark Jacobson for all 50 states (see links below).