NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment say they are enthusiastic about Gov. Dannel Malloy’s announcement that Connecticut will join 57 other governments from 19 nations in committing to a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Governor’s decision to commit to this ambitious target is a good step for Connecticut’s future and our people’s health,” said program director for CFE Leah Lopez Schmalz. “We’re particularly pleased that the agreement includes setting interim measures for accountability, and stipulations for electric vehicles and public transit, innovative financing, coastal resiliency, and green on climate change, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, our state legislators, and private sector partners to make sure Connecticut stays on track to achieve its greenhouse gas promises on time.”
The Subnational Global Climate Leadership Memorandum, better known as “Under 2 MOU,” is an agreement to limit carbon dioxide emissions from all sectors to less than two tons per person per year by 2050, or to reach an 80 to 95 percent drop below 1990 emissions levels. The overall goal of the plan is to keep warming of the planet to below 2 degrees Celsius.
Schmalz praised the timing of the announcement saying, “The timing couldn’t be better: we hope this show of commitment from Connecticut and other governments worldwide strengthens the resolve of U.S. negotiators at the ongoing U.N. climate talks in Paris.”
Under the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, Connecticut is already committed to reducing its total greenhouse gas emissions to at least 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, and to at least 80 percent below 2001 levels by 2050.
Earlier this year, Gov. Malloy announced that Connecticut is on track to meet the 2020 targets and formed the Governor’s Council on Climate Change to develop strategies to reach the 2050 targets.