DUBAI, UAE – The U.S. Climate Alliance today released its annual report, All Hands on Deck: Securing America’s Net-Zero Future with State-Led, High-Impact Action, which includes new analysis showing that its 25 member states and territories — representing approximately 60% of the U.S. economy and 55% of the U.S. population — are now projected to reduce collective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 26% by 2025 below 2005 levels and achieve their near-term climate target.
“The climate crisis is here — and this is America’s all-hands-on-deck moment. Fortunately, from coast to coast, the U.S. Climate Alliance and our 25 governors are answering the call,” said the Alliance’s co-chairs Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Maine Gov. Janet Mills in their Annual Report message. “The result of all this work is real progress for America.”
The findings were highlighted today in a new Alliance video and at an Alliance event yesterday at COP28 in Dubai, where Executive Director Casey Katims was joined by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Maryland Environment Secretary Serena McIlwain, California Energy Commission Chair David Hochschild, and New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney, as well as White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi. The report’s release comes as the global community convenes to take stock on progress toward fulfilling the Paris Agreement’s goals.
Additional key findings include:
Notably, these new projections significantly improve upon those released by the Alliance just two years ago and reflect the wave of ambitious state policies and historic federal funding and programs enacted since then.
Importantly, this analysis shows that investing in a net-zero future — including generating electricity from cleaner sources, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and businesses, and getting cleaner and more efficient vehicles on the road — is already producing significant benefits across Alliance states and territories. In fact, while continuing to reduce emissions, Alliance members grew their collective gross domestic product (GDP) by nearly 30% between 2005 and 2021. Additionally, compared to the rest of the country, Alliance members are:
The findings also indicate that the monetary benefits of transitioning to a net-zero economy will significantly outweigh the costs — generating hundreds of billions of dollars in savings through 2050 from improved public health, reduced fossil fuel spending, and avoided climate damages.
Finally, the report details many of the newest and most groundbreaking actions Alliance members have taken over the past year across 10 key policy areas — GHG targets and governance; buildings; climate finance; electricity generation; industry; just transition and equity; natural and working lands; pricing carbon and valuing damages; resilience; and transportation. Together, these actions are cutting emissions, safeguarding public health, and growing the economy.
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 24 governors from across the U.S. representing approximately 60% of the U.S. economy and 55% of the U.S. population. 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.
The Alliance’s states and territories continue to demonstrate that climate action goes hand-in-hand with economic growth, job creation, and better public health. While reducing emissions by 18% between 2005 and 2021, Alliance members grew their collective GDP by nearly 30%. The coalition’s states and territories are employing more workers in the clean energy sector, achieving lower levels of dangerous air pollutants, and preparing more effectively for climate impacts and executing more pre-disaster planning than the rest of the country.