COP25 in Madrid, Spain – The United States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors committed to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, today released its 2019 Annual Report titled “Strength in Numbers: American Leadership on Climate” at the climate negotiations at COP25.
In the roughly two years since the Alliance was launched, the coalition has grown to twenty-five governors — both Democrats and Republicans — representing 55 percent of the U.S. population and 60 percent of U.S. GDP. Through thoughtful, coordinated state action, these governors are filling the federal leadership void, aiming to reduce their collective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, with many adopting substantially more ambitious emission reduction targets. Generating 40 percent of U.S. GHG emissions, this coalition is equivalent to the world’s sixth largest emitter. Today the Alliance has become an entity of global importance, capable of making a genuine impact on global emissions through its leadership and action.
Alliance states are reducing their emissions and growing their economies faster than the rest of the country — demonstrating that climate leadership and economic growth go hand-in-hand. Between 2005 and 2017, Alliance member states reduced their collective GHG emissions by 16 percent, compared to 7 percent for the rest of the country — more than twice the rate. In that period, the combined per-capita economic output generated by these states and territories grew by 12 percent compared to 4 percent for the rest of the country. As a result of Alliance leadership, communities across these states have benefited from lower levels of harmful air pollutants; increased access to cheaper, cleaner energy; more efficient vehicles; and high-quality clean energy jobs.
According to independent analysis, the Alliance is on track to continue reducing GHG emissions through 2025, within reach of their GHG emissions reduction target. Considering policies currently in place, their collective GHG emissions are projected to fall by at least 20-27 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Compared to last year, Alliance states are now collectively reducing emissions across a larger share of the U.S. economy, making a bigger dent in national emissions. They have substantially accelerated the pace and scale of climate policies adopted over the past year. It is expected this leadership will further drive down emissions beyond 2025, putting Alliance states on a path to reducing GHG emissions up to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. But extensive work remains to ensure this goal becomes a reality and to preserve the opportunity for the United States to re-enter the community of nations working together to avoid catastrophic climate change.
Read more in our 2019 Annual Report here.
Launched on June 1, 2017 by the governors of Washington, New York, and California to help fill the void left by the previous administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the Alliance has grown to include governors from across the U.S. Governors in the Alliance have pledged to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, at least 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030, and collectively achieve overall net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as practicable, and no later than 2050.
Alliance states and territories are achieving lower levels of air pollution, delivering more energy savings to homes and businesses, preparing more effectively for climate impacts, generating more electricity from zero-carbon sources, and collectively employing over 40% more workers in the clean energy sector than the rest of the country. For more information on Alliance members’ bipartisan, cross-sector climate action, see our Fact Sheet.