All states and regions must commit to net zero emissions now to fight climate change

The leaders of major states and regions, including California, Chungnam Province and Catalonia, are calling on their counterparts worldwide to adopt net zero emissions targets now to tackle the effects of climate change. So far only 9% of states and regions in the largest emitting countries have made such commitments and much more is needed to keep temperature rises to 1.5 degrees. Following major climate announcements from national governments at President Biden’s Leaders’ Summit last week, attention is shifting to the role of state and regional governments, which control many…

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New peer forum series supports governments to accelerate the zero emission vehicle transition

Governments at the national, state and regional, and city level from around the world are leading the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). Realising the benefits that ZEVs bring not only to the climate, but to economic and public health systems, governments are developing and delivering solutions to tackle one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution globally – the transport sector. Through the Under2 Coalition’s ZEV Community – a project that brings together all levels of government to share and learn about ZEV initiatives –…

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Costa Rica launches plan to become the world’s first decarbonized country

On Sunday, February 24, Costa Rica launched a plan to make the nation one of the first in the world to completely decarbonize, at an event in San José. President Carlos Alvarado Quesada and former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres launched the plan with minister of environment and energy Carlos Manuel Rodriguez. ‘The National Decarbonization Plan 2018-2050’ focuses on ten areas, encompassing key themes of transport and sustainable mobility, energy, green buildings, industry and agriculture among others. The ambitious plan includes commitments to ensure the electric grid is capable of operating with…

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