States and regions are stepping up climate action with bold new commitments

24 July 2018

State and regional government members of the Under2 Coalition are being invited to step up their climate action.

States and regions around the world are already taking bold steps to make the Paris Agreement a reality and the upcoming summit provides a great opportunity for them to showcase their progress and step up their ambition.

By making commitments across the following challenge areas, state and regional governments will demonstrate to the world that they – along with cities, businesses and investors – are at the forefront of working towards a climate safe, healthy, prosperous world for all.

The challenges

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Challenge invites states and regions to commit to 100% zero emission passenger vehicle purchases before 2050. For this purpose, they will lead by example through public sector ZEV adoption by either converting all appropriate public fleet vehicles to ZEVs by 2030, or procuring only ZEVs for appropriate public fleets by 2030. They will also provide incentives for the purchase of ZEVs by consumers and businesses and promote the roll out of ZEV charging infrastructure and fueling stations.

Zero Carbon Power Challenge invites states and regions to commit to 100% zero carbon power by 2040, based on a large-scale switch to renewable energy. As the cost of renewable energy continues to fall at a staggering pace, 100% zero-carbon power is now within our reach. States and regions will commit to adopting new public policies and programs to achieve this goal, as well as to partnering with the businesses, investors, and citizens that will play a leading role in this transition.

2050 Pathways Challenge invites states and regions to commit to completing a “2050 Pathways analysis”, a roadmap to achieve net zero emissions in their jurisdictions, within the next two years. A 2050 pathways analysis is a vital tool to help governments to identify the technologies, infrastructure and investments that will be required to achieve their long-term climate goals, as well as the costs, risks and trade-offs associated with different policy approaches.

Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Challenge invites states and regions to commit to reach net-zero operating emissions in their portfolios by 2030 and to advocate for all buildings to be net-zero in operation by 2050. In order to achieve this, state and regional governments are invited to establish a roadmap to reach net-zero carbon buildings, develop a suite of supporting incentives and programs, report annually on progress towards meeting the targets and report on emissions beyond carbon (e.g. refrigerants).

Disclosure Challenge invites states and regions to commit to universal public disclosure of their climate performance. Every year, The Climate Group calls on all members of the Under2 Coalition to disclose to CDP their GHG emissions, climate targets and actions. By choosing to disclose annually, governments demonstrate their climate leadership, showcase their climate ambition in our Annual Disclosure Report and ensure their climate commitments are backed by reliable, publicly available data. The disclosed data informs The Climate Group’s programmatic work and ensure that the webinars, case studies and capacity building projects are tailored to the government’s needs.

This challenge is part of a Universal Climate Disclosure Challenge targeting states, cities and companies by CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project. If your state or region wishes to find out more about disclosing, please see here for more information.

Further challenges open to states and regions

There are also a number of other challenges being organized that are open for states and regions to join. For more information, see below.

Zero Waste Challenge invites states and regions to commit to reduce the amount of waste generated by at least 15% per capita by 2030, to reduce the amount of municipal solid waste disposed to landfill or incineration by at least by 50% and increase the diversion rate away from landfill and incineration to at least 70% by 2030.  

Governments may also choose to encourage local cities to join this challenge.This challenge is led by C40 and is also open for cities.

Powering Past Coal Alliance declaration invites states and regions to take action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power.  

This challenge is led by the Powering Past Coal Alliance. You can find the declaration here.

30x30 Forests, Food and Land Challenge is a collective commitment inviting all actors including state and regional governments to commit to halve food loss and waste and consume conscientiously, sequester 1 gigaton of carbon each year in forests, soil and other natural and working lands, and enable better consumption and production of food and fiber through finance, transparency, public-private collaboration and protecting local rights.

This challenge is led by World Wildlife Fund and is also open for cities and businesses. You can find this challenge here.

Land Use Challenge is a collective commitment inviting all actors including state and regional governments to commit to adopt plans by 2020 for inventorying carbon flux from natural and working lands, identifying and advancing best practices and policies to reduce GHG emissions from land and pursuing resilient carbon sequestration, as well as establishing goals to maintain land as net carbon sinks and increase negative emissions.

This challenge is being developed by the US Climate Alliance.

Global Soil Health Challenge invites states and regions to commit to promote the development of healthy soils within their own geographies and report back on their progress at the 2019 UN Climate Summit in New York.  

This challenge is being developed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Green Bond Pledge invites states and regions to commit to establish a green bonds strategy that will finance infrastructure and capital projects that meet the challenges of climate change while transforming our communities into a competitive, prosperous and productive economies.  

This challenge is led by Ceres and is also open for cities, businesses and investors. You can find this challenge on the Green Bond Pledge website.

Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Challenge is a collective commitment inviting all actors including state and regional governments to commit to reducing short-lived climate pollutants as a critical component to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. Governments may also choose to encourage your local cities and businesses to join this challenge.

This challenge is led by the US Climate Alliance and is also open to national governments, cities and businesses. You can find this challenge here.

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