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The WRI report, "Can The U.S. Get There From Here?" examines pathways for United States greenhouse gas reductions that can be taken at the federal and state levels using existing authorities.

The WRI report, "Can The U.S. Get There From Here?" examines pathways for United States greenhouse gas reductions that can be taken at the federal and state levels using existing authorities.

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Can The U.S. Get There From Here? Presentation Transcript

  • 1. NICHOLAS M. BIANCO, FRANZ T. LITZ,KRISTIN IGUSKY MEEK & REBECCA GASPER
  • 2. KEY FINDINGS Not yet on track Have the tools to get there Near term opportunities: – Existing power plants – Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – Natural gas systems – Energy efficiency States can play a significant role
  • 3. ENERGY EMISSIONS HAVE FALLENBUT, THIS TREND IS NOT EXPECTED TO CONTINUE Historical Projected Emissions EmissionsMILLION METRIC TONS OF CO 2 POWER PLANTS TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL
  • 4. NON-ENERGY AND NON-CO2EMISSIONS ARE EXPECTED TO RISE Account for 22% of U.S. emissions Projected to increase 18% above 2005 levels by 2020, and 36% by 2035
  • 5. U.S. ADMINISTRATION The Administration can take steps to reduce U.S. emissions without new Congressional legislation This would use existing authorities granted to agencies such as DOT, DOE, EPA, and FAA (Photo: Barack Obama/Flickr)
  • 6. U.S. GHG REDUCTIONS USINGEXISTING FEDERAL AUTHORITIES
  • 7. NEAR-TERM OPPORTUNITIES Existing power plants Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) Natural gas systems Energy efficiency
  • 8. Photo haglundcPOWER PLANTS 1/3 U.S. GHG emissions Largest potential source of reductions EPA can establish GHG emissions standards for existing power plants, and finalize standards for new plants
  • 9. HFCs Emissions are on the rise as HCFCs are phased out Second largest potential source of reductions in 2020 U.S. working to address through amendments to Montreal Protocol EPA can reduce HFCs using existing authority under the Clean Air Act Photo Peter Morgan
  • 10. NATURAL GAS SYSTEMS  4% total emissions  Reductions expected due to new air pollution standards  More is possible if EPA sets standards for methane emissions  Technologies pay for themselves within 3 yearsPhoto Shell
  • 11. ENERGY EFFICIENCY  Appliance and equipment standards set by DOE  Can reduce electricity demand by 11% in 2035  Additional potential in the industrial sectorPhoto Studio-d
  • 12. STATE LEADERSHIP  29 states with renewable standards  20 states with energy efficiency standards  10 states with cap and trade  Can implement many of the same policies as federal agencies  Examine additional transportation, end-use efficiency, and renewable measuresPhoto Chris Christner
  • 13. STATES CAN COMPLEMENT FEDERAL ACTIONS,but alone cannot reduce emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels
  • 14. THANK YOUNICHOLAS BIANCOSenior AssociateWorld Resources Institutenbianco@wri.org