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The new target follows the president’s move to rejoin the Paris Agreement.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden marked Earth Day by tackling greenhouse gas emissions.
During the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate on Thursday, April 22, Biden announced that the United States will achieve a 50-percent to 52-percent reduction from 2005 levels in economy-wide net greenhouse gas pollution in 2030.
The administration plans to meet that goal by building on progress to-date, and by positioning American workers and industry to tackle the climate crisis, according to a statement from the White House.
The administration’s commitment follows Biden’s move to rejoin the Paris Agreement. As part of re-entering the Paris Agreement, he also launched a whole-of-government process, organized through his National Climate Task Force, to establish this new 2030 emissions target — known as the nationally determined contribution (NDC), a formal submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the statement added.
According to the White House, the target is consistent with Biden’s goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050 and of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as the science demands. To develop the target, the administration:
Used a whole-of-government approach with the National Climate Task Force relying on a detailed bottom-up analysis that reviewed technology availability, current costs, and future cost reductions, as well as the role of enabling infrastructure.
Consulted stakeholders, including groups representing scientists; government officials like governors, mayors and tribal leaders; businesses; schools and institutions of higher education; and specialized researchers focused on questions of pollution reduction.
Explored multiple pathways across sectors of the sector of the economy that produces CO2 and non-CO2 greenhouse gases: electricity, transportation, buildings, industry, and lands.
committing to change, the administration did not detail a roadmap to achieving