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Making progress on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

Making progress on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

Implementation of actions in order to achieve the 75 climate-related goals outlined in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which aims at reducing total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use
  • Energy
  • Waste Management

United States, America

Year Published

2013 - present

Case Summary
In 2013, President Obama announced the Climate Action Plan (CAP), the first comprehensive plan of the United States to address climate change. The CAP outlines 75 climate-related goals and respective actions that are subsumed under three pillars: mitigation, adaptation and international cooperation.

There has been marked progress on many items in the CAP over the last two years. Major success factors include the high-level political ownership, the long-term nature of the plan, the strategic approach behind the plan, and its high visibility at the national and international level.

The CAP sends a strong signal for a new climate agreement to be reached in Paris in 2015.
  • President and his administration (lead)
  • Governmental departments and agencies: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Department of Energy (DOE); Department of Transportation (DOT)/ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); Department of Agriculture (USDA); Department of the Interior (DOI)
  • Industry leaders: partnership between the dairy industry and USDA
Cooperation with
  • Institutes and research organisations: e.g. the Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
  • Industry organisations and business communities: e.g. power companies that implement the CPP
  • Other governmental and non-governmental organisations
The activities of the CAP are funded through the federal budget. There is no specific line for the CAP in the budget, but financing is integrated into the funds for the implementing government agencies, such as EPA and DOE. This makes it easier to allocate resources to activities under the CAP without the need for Congressional approval. Hence, as long as funding for activities can be justified under existing legislation, financing of these activities is ensured through the federal budget.

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