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  • In This Issue:New Reports Show Role of Farms, Forests in Reducing Global WarmingPew Center Testifies Before House Science CommitteeUpcoming Report: Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate ChangeNew Reports Show Role of Farms, Forests in Reducing Global WarmingAmerica's farms and forestlands have a major role to play in reducing the threat of climate change, according to two reports released by the Pew Center. Changes in agricultural practices coupled with foresting marginal agricultural lands could offset up to one-fifth of current U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time creating potential new sources of farming income. In addition, the nation could reduce emissions by 10 to 25 percent by replacing fossil fuels with biofuels made from agricultural crops.The two reports, Agricultural and Forestlands: U.S. Carbon Policy Strategies by Kenneth R. Richards, R. Neil Sampson, and Sandra Brown and Agriculture's Role in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation by Keith Paustian, John M. Antle, John Sheehan, and Eldor A. Paul, were released September 21.While the first paper focuses on policy options, the companion report reviews the economic and technological opportunities available to farmers. Together these reports provide a comprehensive review of the role of U.S. forest and agricultural lands in a domestic climate change program.Read the reports:Agricultural and Forest Lands: Carbon Policy Strategies for the United StatesThe Role of Agriculture in Greenhouse Gas MitigationPew Center Testifes Before House Science CommitteeOn September 20, 2006, Judi Greenwald, Director of Innovative Solutions for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, testified before the Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Science at a hearing on the Department of Energy's Plan for Climate Change Technology Program."Given that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have risen steadily, despite fifteen years of voluntary efforts, the national program will need to include mandatory reductions. Simply creating a supply of carbon-reduction technologies does not mean there will be a demand for them. A mandatory constraint on emissions, on the other hand, will make emissions reductions financially valuable to the individual producing them, creating a demand for emissions-reducing technologies in the marketplace."-Judi Greenwald before Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on ScienceRead the full testimony.Upcoming Report: Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate ChangeNew report: "Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate Change"Release date: October 18, 2006The report is a detailed "how to" guide to help corporate decision makers formulate effective business strategies that integrate factors related to climate change. Drawing directly from the experience of climate leaders from the world's leading companies, it is also a resource for policymakers, investors, and other stakeholders as they interpret corporate climate risk, opportunity, and action.
  • In This IssuePew Center Unveils New Business Web ResourcesCalifornia Passes Landmark Legislation and Other States NewsUpcoming Pew Center EventsPew Center Unveils New Business Web ResourcesOver the past eight years, the Pew Center has worked with its Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) to shape policy and chart practical solutions to climate change.The Pew Center has revamped the business section of its website to provide fresh information on climate change issues facing the business community. In addition to extensive coverage of the Pew Center's BELC, the website now provides a Business and Climate Resources site complete with news articles, reports by leading organizations, and a listing of business-climate events.Visit the Business and Climate Resources site.Read current news articles on business and climate.Download reports by leading organizations on business impacts and opportunities from climate change.View a listing of upcoming business-climate events.Learn more about the Pew Center's BELC.California Passes Landmark Legislation and Other States NewsCalifornia, the world's twelfth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, passes landmark legislation to cap all greenhouse gas emissions from major industries at 1990 levels by 2020.Read the Pew Center's coverage of this story.The seven Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative agree to regulations for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants.Read more on this story.Other states news from across the US.Table of state initiatives now available.Upcoming Pew Center EventsNew agriculture reports: "Agricultural and Forestlands: U.S. Carbon Policy Strategies" and "Agriculture's Role in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation"Release date: September 21, 2006These reports provide a comprehensive review of the role of U.S. forest and agricultural lands in a domestic climate change program.New report: "Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change"Release date: October 18, 2006The report is a detailed "how to" guide to help corporate decision makers formulate effective business strategies that integrate factors related to climate change. Drawing directly from the experience of climate leaders from the world's leading companies, it is also a resource for policymakers, investors, and other stakeholders as they interpret corporate climate risk, opportunity, and action.Workshop and Conference with Point Carbon: "North America and The Carbon Markets"January 17-18, 2007Washington, D.C.This unique event is designed to help facilitate learning about the developing international and domestic carbon market.
  • In This IssueMarsh, Inc. Joins the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership CouncilOther Recent Pew Center Business DevelopmentsPew Center Welcomes First Insurance Services Firm, Marsh, Inc., to its Business Environmental Leadership CouncilThe Pew Center on Global Climate Change announced today that Marsh, Inc. has joined the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) and its efforts to understand and address the impacts of global climate change.Marsh, the world's leading risk and insurance services firm, recognizes climate change to be one of the most significant emerging risks affecting businesses worldwide, and has urged its clients and other companies to take action to address the issue.Read the press release."Climate change is a complex global issue at the intersection of science, risk, and public policy. It is a challenge that our clients - and the world - will face for a very long time. Our collaboration with the Pew Center, and the leading companies that work with it, is an important step in our long-term commitment to addressing this issue."-Marsh, Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian StormsRead more about Marsh, Inc.Read about the Business Environmental Leadership Council.Other Recent Pew Center Business DevelopmentsThe Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) is the largest U.S. based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change, with 41 members representing $2 trillion in market capitalization and over 3 million employees.Weyerhaeuser announced a significant greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal in June. By using biomass as an energy source for its mills, Weyerhaeuser aims to reduce its absolute emissions of greenhouse gases 40% by 2020.Read about this announcement.BP and DuPont partnered to bring the next generation of biofuels to the market. The two companies are developing new biotechnology processes aimed at enabling biobutanol to be easily produced in markets around the world competitively with traditional biofuels.Read about this partnership.
  • Race to the Top: The Expanding Role of U.S. State Renewable Portfolio Standards - New Solutions ReportA growing portion of U.S. states' electricity is being provided by renewable energy, according to a report released today by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. States are using increasingly aggressive and ambitious Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in order to spur economic development and create a reliable and diversified supply of electricity, as well as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conventional pollutants.The Pew Center report, "Race To The Top: The Expanding Role of U.S. State Renewable Portfolio Standards", authored by Barry Rabe of the University of Michigan, builds on earlier Pew Center analyses of the state role in climate policy development. In addition to examining challenges and opportunities inherent in policy design and implementation, the report includes case studies of five states - Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Nevada.Read the press release.Read the report.Read the five case studies from the report:Texas: Another Gust in the Wind RushMassachusetts: One Component of a Broad Climate StrategyNevada: The Next Texas?Pennsylvania: Green as GoldColorado: Power to the PeopleDonate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views-representing science, business and government-in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201
  • In This IssueScientific Evidence: Summary of Latest ResearchStates NewsU.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Historical and Current TrendsSenate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Climate ConferenceSpeeches: An Agenda for Climate Action & Elements of an International Approach to Climate ChangeScientific Evidence: Summary of Latest ResearchIn recent months there have been numerous scientific findings linking human activities to climate change and validating the predicted impacts of global warming. These findings, published in refereed scientific journals, have been summarized and synthesized by the Pew Center in a document entitled “Global Fingerprints of Greenhouse Warming”.Read the Pew Center's summary of the latest research, “Global Fingerprints of Greenhouse Warming”.TOPStates NewsThe Pew Center website is updated frequently with the latest information on state and regional activity on climate change.Latest Headlines:California Climate Action Team Report Calls for Reduction StrategiesMaryland Joins the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)Wisconsin Governor Signs ‘Green Buildings’ Executive OrderWatch the Pew Center’s Judi Greenwald discuss the RGGI program (link to video).*UPDATED*: March 2006 update of “Learning from State Action on Climate Change”.Read the latest news of how states are addressing climate change.TOPU.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Historical and Current TrendsBetween 1990 and 2004, United States greenhouse gas emissions increased by 16%. Since 1990, emissions have increased in every year except 1991 and 2001, both recession years. Recent EPA figures for 2004 demonstrate that GHG emissions increased 1.7% from 2003-2004, indicating that relative to 2000, emissions have increased rather than decreased.View a graph of U.S GHG Emissions from 1990 through 2004.TOPSenate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Climate ConferenceOn Tuesday, April 4, Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center, was one of 29 panelists to participate in a conference-style hearing before the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The subject of the hearing was design elements of a mandatory U.S. cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ms. Claussen spoke about trading and international competitiveness. Other topics included: business perspectives on climate policy design, analysis of domestic design options, and perspectives on domestic design.The Pew Center was asked to participate based on its responses to a white paper published by the Committee Chairman and top Democrat, Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-New Mexico) and Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico).Read the Pew Center’s response to the white paper.Read Eileen Claussen’s opening remarks from the hearing.Read the statement by the Pew Center on the hearing.TOPSpeeches: An Agenda for Climate Action & Elements of an International Approach to Climate ChangeCalifornia Climate Action Registry’s annual conference in Dana Point, California, April 20, 2006, Eileen Claussen discussed elements of an international approach to climate change.Read the speech.Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, March 30, 2006, Eileen Claussen discussed the Pew Center's comprehensive plan for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.Read the speech.TOPDonate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views—representing science, business and government—in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201TOP
  • In This IssuePew "Agenda for Climate Action" Urges Comprehensive Approach to Climate Policy Pew "Climate Dialogue at Pocantico" Praised by Senator Richard LugarPew "Agenda for Climate Action" Urges Comprehensive Approach to Climate PolicyOn Wednesday, February 8, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change released the first comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The "Agenda for Climate Action" identifies both broad and specific policies, combining recommendations on economy-wide mandatory emissions cuts, technology development, scientific research, energy supply, and adaptation with critical steps that can be taken in key sectors.The "Agenda" includes fifteen recommendations that chart a climate-friendly path for the United States. They have been designed to be both cost-effective and comprehensive. Although putting all of the recommendations into place will take time, there is a compelling need to get started. Further delay will only make the challenge before us more daunting and more costly.Read the press release.Read what business leaders say about the report.Read the report.Why do we need to act now? View a chart of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, 1990-2004.Pew "Climate Dialogue at Pocantico" Praised by Senator Richard LugarIn a major address before the UN Security Council on February 6, 2006, Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for the United States to return to negotiations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change to achieve a comprehensive international approach to global warming. He said a "roadmap to this outcome" is contained in the recent report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico convened by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.Read Senator Lugar's remarks.Read the report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico.Donate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views--representing science, business and government--in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201
  • In This IssuePew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council GrowsCongressional ActivityState/Regional ActivityAdvancing The International Climate EffortClimate Change And Environmental ImpactsPopular Pew Center Web Content Of 2005Looking Ahead To 2006Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council GrowsDuring 2005, the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council gained three new members—Exelon, GE, and Alcan. The BELC is now the largest U.S. based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change, with forty-one members representing $2 trillion in market capitalization and over 3 million employees.Learn more about the BELC and the climate-related activities of its member companies.TOPCongressional ActivityIn 2005, the Senate negotiated the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which included several provisions for climate-friendly technologies.Read the 2005 Energy Policy Act.Two proposals for mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions were also introduced this year. Read the Pew Center's analyses of these proposals:Climate Stewardship Act of 2005, McCain (R-AZ), Lieberman (D-CT)Climate and Economy Insurance Act of 2005, Bingaman (D-NM)Comparison of McCain-Lieberman and Bingaman ProposalsConsult the Pew Center website for a complete list of bills, resolutions, and amendments related to climate change introduced in the 109th Congress.In November, Eileen Claussen testified before a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on U.S. and international approaches to climate change.TOPState/Regional ActivityIn the absence of U.S. federal leadership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many U.S. states and regions have begun taking actions to address the issue of climate change. States often function as "policy laboratories," developing initiatives that serve as models for federal action. This has been especially true with environmental regulation—most federal environmental laws have been based on state models.Notable headlines from 2005 include:Seven Northeastern States Establish a Cap and Trade Program to Reduce CO2 Emissions from Power PlantsNorth Carolina Establishes Climate Change CommissionNew Mexico and California Set GHG Emission TargetsRead more about state and regional activities.TOPAdvancing the International Climate EffortAt the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal earlier this month, governments concluded the decade-long round of negotiations that launched the Kyoto Protocol and opened a new round of talks to begin considering the future of the international climate effort.Read the Pew Center's summary of COP 11 and COP-MOP 1.Two weeks before the Montreal conference, the Pew Center released the Report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico, which brought together 25 senior policymakers and stakeholders from 15 countries to develop options and recommendations for advancing the international climate change effort beyond 2012.At the report's release, Senators Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana) and Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-Delaware) announced the introduction of a joint Sense of the Senate Resolution, S. Res. 312, calling for the United States to participate in negotiations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change to establish mitigation commitments by all major GHG-emitting countries.Download the Pocantico report.Read about the report and the Lugar-Biden resolution.For additional information on international climate efforts, consult these reports, available for download from the Pew Center Website:Climate Data: Insights and ObservationsClimate Data: A Sectoral PerspectiveImplications for U.S. Companies of Kyoto's Entry Into Force without the United States (PDF)TOPClimate Change and Environmental ImpactsIn terms of overall hurricane activity (number and intensity of storms), the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active season on record. The destruction wrought by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma focused the world's attention on our vulnerability to extreme weather events.Read FAQs on hurricanes.In Depth Analysis: Was Hurricane Katrina a result of global warming?Read about catastrophic risk management (PDF).Pew Center Report: Observed Impacts of Global Climate Change in the U.S.TOPPopular Pew Center Web Content of 2005The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS): Insights and Observations (pdf)Towards a Climate Friendly Built EnvironmentU.S. Electric Power Sector and Climate Change MitigationPew Center on Crichton's "State of Fear"TOPLooking Ahead to 2006Agenda for Climate ActionThe scientific consensus on global climate change has only strengthened, but there is, as yet, no consensus on the appropriate portfolio of policies that are required to successfully tackle the problem. The "Agenda for Climate Action" is the Pew Center's attempt to fill that gap. It takes a comprehensive look at a suite of climate, energy, and technology policies that could provide meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions throughout the economy. Release is slated for February, 2006.TOPDonate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views—representing science, business and government—in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201TOP
  • In This IssueReport from Montreal: Governments Launch New Climate TalksSummary of COP 11 and COP/MOP 1 Related Pew Center MaterialsSummary of COP 11 and COP/MOP 1On December 10, after two weeks of talks, delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal concluded the decade-long round of negotiations that launched the Kyoto Protocol and opened a new round of talks to begin considering the future of the international climate effort.The meeting was a historic first - it served both as the 11th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 11), and, following Kyoto's entry into force in February, as the 1st Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 1).Key outcomes included final adoption of the Kyoto "rulebook" and a two-track approach to consider next steps - negotiation of new binding commitments for Kyoto's developed country parties, and, under the Framework Convention, a nonbinding "dialogue on long-term cooperative action."Read the Pew Center's summary of key decisions made during COP 11 and COP/MOP 1.Report featured by the Pew Center in Montreal: International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012: Report of the Dialogue at PocanticoRelated Pew Center materialsReport: Beyond Kyoto: Advancing the International Effort Against Climate Change (December 2003)Report: Climate Data: Insights and Observations (November 2004)Report: International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012: A Survey of Approaches (November 2004)Report: Climate Data: A Sectoral Perspective (August 2005)Analysis: Implications for U.S. Companies of Kyoto's Entry Into Force without the United States (PDF) (January 2002)Background on the Kyoto ProtocolDonate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views--representing science, business and government--in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201
  • In This IssuePew Dialogue Urges New Approaches to Strengthen International Climate Change Efforts - New International ReportGovernments to Convene in Montreal for COP11 and MOP 1Lugar-Biden Resolution Calls for U.S. Participation in International Climate Change NegotiationsPew Dialogue Urges New Approaches to Strengthen International Climate Change EffortsOn Tuesday, November 15, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change released a major new report outlining options and recommendations for advancing the international climate change effort post-2012. The report is from the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico, a group of 25 senior policymakers and stakeholders from 15 countries convened by the Pew Center.Participants in the Pocantico dialogue included: policymakers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Tuvalu, the United Kingdom, and the United States; senior executives from Alcoa, BP, DuPont, Eskom (South Africa), Exelon, Rio Tinto, and Toyota; and experts from the Pew Center, The Energy and Resources Institute (India), and the World Economic Forum.The new report, International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012 - Report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico, was formally released at an event hosted by Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana) and Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Delaware), the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Other speakers at the event included representatives of Alcoa, Exelon, and Rio Tinto.Read the press release.Read what world leaders in policy and business say about the report.Read the report.Governments to Convene in Montreal for COP 11 and MOP 1Governments will meet in Montreal on November 28-December 9 for the latest round of international climate negotiations. Two simultaneous events will be held: the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP 11) and the first Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 1).A key issue in Montreal will be whether and how to launch a new multilateral process to consider ways to extend the international climate effort beyond 2012, when current commitments under the Kyoto Protocol expire.The Pew Center will host "Beyond 2012 - A High-Level Forum," a side event featuring an exchange of views among Ministers and senior business and NGO leaders on the new report of the Climate Dialogue at Poantico. The event will take place at 1-3 pm on Wednesday, December 8, in the Palais des Congrès.Check the Pew Center website the week of December 12 for a report on the Montreal talks.Learn more about the Kyoto Protocol.Lugar-Biden Resolution Calls for U.S. Participation in International Climate Change NegotiationsOn November 15, at the formal release of the Pew Center's report International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012, Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana) and Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-Delaware) announced the introduction of a joint Sense of the Senate resolution.S.Res. 312 calls for the United States to participate in negotiations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change to establish mitigation commitments by all major GHG-emitting countries.Read S.Res. 312 (PDF format).Read Senator Lugar's press release on S.Res. 312 (word format).Read Senator Biden's press release on S.Res. 312 (PDF format).Read Eileen Claussen's statement on S. Res. 312 (PDF format).Donate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views-representing science, business and government- in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201
  • In This IssueWas Katrina's Power a Product of Global Warming? General Electric Company Joins the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council U.S. Mayors Adopt Climate Protection Agreement and Other States News Climate Data: A Sectoral Perspective - New International Report The U.S. Electric Power Sector and Climate Change Mitigation - New Report Towards A Climate-Friendly Built Environment - New Report Was Katrina's Power a Product of Global Warming?With a unique combination of geography, expansive lowlands (particularly in the New Orleans area), wetland loss, deforestation, rapid development, large populations of the poor, and a heavy concentration of industry, the Gulf Coast is extremely vulnerable to hurricanes. Although we cannot be certain global warming intensified Katrina per se, it clearly has created circumstances under which powerful storms like Katrina are more likely to occur now and in the future. Learn more. General Electric Company Joins the Pew Center's Business Environment Leadership CouncilGeneral Electric Company has joined the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council and their efforts to address global climate change. GE, one of the world's largest companies, has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions one percent by 2012 and the intensity of its GHG emissions 30 percent by 2008 (both compared to 2004). Based on the company's projected growth, GE's GHG emissions would have risen 40 percent by 2012 without further action. In addition, GE is committed to doubling its investment in environmental technologies to $1.5 billion by 2010. These efforts are part of GE's 'Ecomagination' initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that will help customers meet pressing environmental challenges.Read the press release and learn more about GE's Ecomagination initiative. U.S. Mayors Adopt Climate Protection Agreement & Other States NewsThe U.S. Conference of Mayors voted unanimously to support the Climate Protection Agreement sponsored by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. The agreement, adopted June 13, 2005, commits the 1,183 cities represented to the goal of reducing GHG emissions 7% below 1990 levels by 2012.Other States News:*Texas increased its Renewable Portfolio Standard when Governor Rick Perry signed a bill on August 1 increasing the amount of renewable generation required in the state. In January 2002, Texas implemented a renewable energy mandate that required 2,000 MW of new renewable generation be built in the state by 2009. The updated law increases this capacity requirement to 5,880 MW by 2015, which will meet about 5% of the state's projected electricity demand. The legislation also sets a cumulative target of installing 10,000 MW of renewable generation capacity by 2025 and requires that the state must meet 500 MW of the 2025 target with non-wind renewable generation.*Illinois enacted Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards when the Illinois Commerce Commission adopted Governor Rod Blagojevich's two- part Sustainable Energy Plan on July 19. To implement the RPS, the state's two largest utilities have agreed to acquire 2% of their electricity from renewable sources (wind, solar thermal energy, photovoltaic cells and panels, biomass, and existing hydropower) by the end of 2006; add another 1% every year; and reach the goal of 8% by 2013. To implement the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, the utilities will create programs to slow the increase in electricity demand 10% by 2008, with an ultimate goal of slowing Illinois' growth in electricity demand 25% by 2015.* New Mexico joined a growing number of states with targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions when Governor Bill Richardson signed an Executive Order on Thursday, June 9, 2005. The Governor set New Mexico's targets at achieving 2000 emissions levels by 2012, 10% below 2000 levels by 2020, and a 75% reduction below 2000 emissions levels by 2050.Learn more about these and other steps taken at the state level. Climate Data: A Sectoral Perspective - New International ReportThis new international report "Climate Data: A Sectoral Perspective" examines emissions, production, and consumption data for energy, transportation, manufacturing, land use and other key economic sectors. It focuses primarily on the 25 countries with the largest greenhouse gas emissions, and is a companion to "Climate Data: Insights and Observations," an earlier Pew Center report examining data at the global and national levels. Both papers were prepared by the World Resources Institute for the Pew Center's Climate Dialogue at Pocantico, an ongoing series of discussions among senior policymakers and stakeholders on the international climate effort. A closer look at sectoral data will be provided in a forthcoming WRI report, Navigating the Numbers: Greenhouse Gas Data and International Climate Policy, due for release in December. The U.S. Electric Power Sector and Climate Change Mitigation - New ReportThis report, "The U.S. Electric Power Sector and Climate Change Mitigation," is essentially "Climate Change and Electricity 101." The report explores options for reducing the electric power sector's GHG emissions over the next decade and over the next half century. Towards a Climate-Friendly Built Environment - New ReportThis report, "Towards A Climate-Friendly Built Environment," is essentially "Climate Change and Buildings 101." The report explores options for reducing GHG emissions from buildings over the next decade and over the next 50 years. Donate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views-representing science, business and government- in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201
  • In This IssueOutcomes of the G8 Summit Pew Center Statement on G8 Summit Global Warming and the G8: Q&A with Eileen Claussen World Economic Forum Business Leaders Support Action on Climate Change Joint Science Academies Statement on Climate ChangeOutcomes of the G8 SummitAt the G8 Summit held on July 6-8, 2005, in Gleneagles, Scotland, leaders of the Group of 8 countries issued a joint communiqué and a "plan of action" on Climate Change, Clean Energy, and Sustainable Development.In the communiqué, the leaders declared that "climate change is a serious and long-term challenge that has the potential to affect every part of the globe" and that human activities "contribute in large part to increases in greenhouse gases associated with the warming of the Earth's surface."The plan of action adopted by the G8 leaders identifies a range of activities to promote research, information exchange, and cooperation on energy efficiency, renewable and other clean energy sources, adaptation, and illegal loggingRead our G8 summary.Pew Center Statement on G8 SummitThe G8 Summit in Gleneagles has advanced the international debate on climate change and opened a new political dialogue that can in time lead to broad, effective international action.Read the full statement.Global Warming and the G8: Q&A with Eileen ClaussenEileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, participated in a live online chat with Washingtonpost.com on July 6, 2005. Ms. Claussen discussed the G8 Summit and the opportunities and challenges the world faces in dealing with the issue of climate change.Read the transcript.World Economic Forum Business Leaders Support Action on Climate ChangeThe heads of twenty-four global companies released and presented a statement on June 9, 2005 expressing strong support for action to mitigate climate change. The statement, prepared by the G8 Climate Change Roundtable convened by the World Economic Forum, was presented to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.Read the statement and press release.Joint Science Academies Statement: Global Response to Climate ChangeThe national science academies of the G8 nations and Brazil, China and India issued a joint statement on June 7, 2005 on the science surrounding global climate change.The statement calls on world leaders, particularly those of the G8 countries, to acknowledge that the threat of climate change is clear and increasing, to address its causes, and to prepare for its consequences.Read the statement (PDF).Donate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views--representing science, business and government--in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201
  • In This IssueExelon Corporation Joins the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council California's Governor Sets Aggressive Emissions Targets Canada's Climate Change Plan: A Summary Beyond Kyoto: Options For Post-2012 Climate Agreement New Section of Website Launched: Articles Two New ReportsExelon Corporation Joins the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership CouncilExelon Corporation has joined the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council and their efforts to address global climate change. Exelon Corporation, one of the nation's largest electric utilities and a Fortune 500 company, has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by eight percent from 2001 levels by 2008. Exelon has also committed to work with, and encourage, its suppliers to reduce their GHG emissions. Learn more about Exelon's emissions reduction initiatives.California's Governor Sets Aggressive Emissions TargetsCalifornia Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order on June 1 establishing aggressive emissions targets for the state. The order calls for reducing California's GHG emissions by 11% below current levels by 2010, 25% by 2020, and 80% by 2050.Other States News:Washington State Governor Gregoire recently signed two bills (SB 5111 and SB 5101) that will increase both supply and demand for renewable energy generation. The Governor also signed HB 1397 adopting California's vehicle GHG emissions standards for Washington State, conditional on Oregon's adoption of the standard. Iowa Governor Thomas Vilsack signed an executive order on April 22 mandating a 15% improvement in energy efficiency at state facilities by 2010, the procurement of hybrid or alternative-fuel state vehicles, the purchase of equipment with the lowest life-cycle cost when possible, and the purchase of 10% renewable electricity by state agencies.Learn more about these and other steps taken at the state level.Canada's Climate Change PlanCanada is the world's eighth largest GHG emitter. Canada ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992 and its subsequent Kyoto Protocol in 2002, committing to reduce its GHG emissions by 6 percent below 1990 levels in 2008-2012.Prime Minister Paul Martin pledged during the 2004 national election campaign to develop a new plan to meet Canada's Kyoto target. Read a summary of Canada's Climate Change Plan.Beyond Kyoto: Options For Post-2012 Climate AgreementIn testimony to the Canadian Parliament, the Pew Center's Elliot Diringer describes options for advancing the international climate change effort beyond 2012 and the Center's efforts to build consensus among policymakers and stakeholders from around the world. Read the testimony.New Section of Website Launched: ArticlesA compilation of Pew authored articles are available at:/press_room/articlesopeds/Upcoming Reports"The U.S. Electric Power Sector and Climate Change Mitigation"Essentially a "Climate Change and Electricity 101," this report explores options for reducing the electric power sector's GHG emissions over the next decade and over the next half century.Expected Release Date: Late May 2005"Towards A Climate-Friendly Built Environment"Likewise, this "Climate Change and Buildings 101" explores options for reducing GHG emissions from buildings over the next decade and over the next 50 years.Expected Release Date: Late May 2005Donate to The Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeClimate change is a serious problem that demands serious action. The Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help the Pew Center continue to be the leading voice for concrete, cost-effective action against climate change. Together, climate change is a challenge we can meet. Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201