FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2021
New U.S. NDC to Drive Accelerated Clean Energy Transformation
Washington, DC – Today’s announcement by U.S. President Joe Biden of the new nationally-determined contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement sets a goal for the United States to reduce economy-wide net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
In reaction, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) offer the following comments.
Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE):
“The new nationally-determined contribution sends a clear market signal for an accelerated clean energy transformation. This transformation will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create new economic opportunities and jobs.
“Clean energy businesses in the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors stand ready to work with the Administration and Congress and in coordination with state and local governments and communities to achieve this goal. We need to identify durable and supportive policy pathways, and foster new public-private partnerships, to make progress in this critical climate decade.
“The United States can make significant GHG reductions by leveraging private sector actions and investments and by optimizing the broad portfolio of existing clean energy solutions. Looking at the data from the last decade in the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, we know that emission reductions can be made in an affordable and reliable manner. With this new U.S. NDC, we seek to accelerate clean energy deployment and expand the economic benefits of this transformation at home and abroad.”
Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN):
“President Biden’s new target under the Paris Agreement will create new opportunities for small and medium sized businesses. Setting this ambitious goal will incentivize our country’s greatest resource of innovators and entrepreneurs to develop and deploy new clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and services at scale. This long-term, nation-wide market signal will foster new jobs, reduce energy costs for businesses and families, and lead to healthier communities across the country.”
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