US industry applauds Biden’s 2030 target

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US President Joe Biden announced his administration's 2030 nationally determined contribution (NDC) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% from 2005 levels on Earth Day, 22nd April 2021.

The new target was announced during the Leaders Summit on Climate, and aims to “create millions of good-paying, union jobs, ensure economic competitiveness, advance environmental justice, and improve the health and security of communities across America.”

Biden’s approach to renewable energy and climate change is in contrast to that of the previous administration, under which the US withdrew from the Paris Agreement. Biden signed a commitment to rejoin the Agreement on his first day in office, earlier this year.

In a statement, the White House did not mince words: “The United States is not waiting, the costs of delay are too great, and our nation is resolved to act now.  Climate change poses an existential threat, but responding to this threat offers an opportunity to support good-paying, union jobs, strengthen America’s working communities, protect public health, and advance environmental justice. Creating jobs and tackling climate change go hand in hand – empowering the U.S. to build more resilient infrastructure, expand access to clean air and drinking water, spur American technological innovations, and create good-paying, union jobs along the way.”

It set four imperatives behind its goal: investment in  infrastructure and innovation, fuelling an economic recovery that creates jobs, the need to breathe clean air and drink clean water, and a bolstered domestic supply chain (“Make it in America”).

President Biden has already targeted net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and wants to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as the science demands. The US is targeting 100 % carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035, including 30 GW of offshore wind installed by 2030 (the current installed capacity is just 42 MW).

Responding to the announcement, turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa stated: “We could not be more enthusiastic about US President Biden's strong leadership in establishing an ambitious emissions reduction target of at least 50% by 2030. We stand ready alongside the rest of the US wind industry to make this commitment a reality.

Speaking as CEO of the American Clean Power Association, Heather Zichal called the target “an ambitious north star for where we need to go”, adding that “our industry is proof that we can get there in a way that grows our economy.”

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