Handbook sets out path for states and regions to transition to a low carbon economy

5 September 2018

Today The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook: An Action Guide for States, Provinces, and Regional Governments was launched by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in collaboration with The Climate Group, as secretariat to the Under2 Coalition.

Designed to place states and regions on an actionable path towards low-carbon economies, the handbook includes significant contributions from the Under2 Coalition and features many of the successful policies being implemented by the governments in the coalition.  

The handbook contains 30 ready-to-implement, no regrets solutions that have proven success. It is a companion to The Carbon-Free City Handbook, launched by RMI in November 2017 at COP23 in Bonn.

"State and regional governments are key to achieving the goals of the Paris agreement; as an interface between nations and cities, they are playing a critical role. The examples highlighted in the ‘The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook’ are hand-picked from leading states and regions in the Under2 Coalition and provide an excellent blueprint for other states and regions to follow in their footsteps with the confidence that these actions will deliver emissions reductions." Tim Ash Vie, Director of the Under2 Coalition Secretariat.

Each recommendation in the handbook draws off the work of regional leaders from around the globe and is identified as a meaningful action that almost any region can pursue and apply locally, seeing results within a year. While there are hundreds of possible actions a regional government can take to reduce carbon emissions, the handbook limits recommendations to those that are:

  • Impactful: leading-edge solutions that either make immediate, significant impact or enable large, long-term carbon reductions
  • Immediately Actionable: could be launched by state/regional staff within one year
  • Achievable: recently proven and economically viable, with compelling examples of successful implementation
  • Broadly Relevant: applicable for most states, provinces, and regions globally

“The need for regional-scale governments—states, provinces, counties, multistate coalitions, etc.—to act ambitiously toward similar goals has never been this universal. The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook recommendations are proven, relevant, actionable, and urgently necessary.” Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute

People don’t have to wait for their national government to take action—states, provinces, and regions can lead the action and make the changes the world desperately needs. The actions in this handbook are ready to launch now; and can help regions around the world that take steps to not only solve climate issues, but also solve energy, employment, resiliency, equity, and health issues, all at the same time.

RMI and The Climate Group will be presenting the handbook to state and regional governments at the Under2 Coalition General Assembly ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco

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