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About the Alliance
The momentum toward a more sustainable, low carbon future in the United States is evident all around us. The continuing state planning and implementation preparation for the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a landmark international Paris Agreement, rapid growth of renewable energy, and significant city and business commitments to sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions all contribute to that momentum.
The CPP is designed to spur the growth of lower carbon and renewable energy, drive energy efficiency, and provide opportunities for innovative mitigation strategies in the power sector. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given states the opportunity to design their CPP plans and it is clear that the approaches they choose will have implications for public health, community wellbeing, sustainability, economic development, and local climate action. It is less clear what roles cities and the broader business community can play in implementation and how programs such as the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) might help.
Cities and businesses both have a strong interest in plans that are cost-effective and optimal for communities and businesses, which underscores the importance of mayors’ and business leaders’ engagement to help shape the outcomes. Furthermore, powerful commitments from states, cities, and businesses are emerging. The Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future, the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, and the emergence of city and business sustainability leaders demonstrate a consistent desire to lead the way to a climate-friendly economy. There stands to be significant benefits and implementation opportunities with state and interstate carbon control efforts. Business opportunities for technology and improved processes, financial opportunity for cities and businesses generating carbon credits where states have appropriate structures in their plans (300 million tons of allowances in the CEIP for example) and community level health and livability benefits. Connecting the activities from these largely independent commitments at the city and business level would help achieve outcomes that are more quickly realized and more impactful and financially beneficial.
What Cities are Doing to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Buildings, Vehicles, and Electricity Generation