United States of America's leadership on LEDS
Case StudyMaking 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.
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.
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