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#62: Plan for a Climate-Friendly World

Scotland has set the world’s highest target for carbon reduction, aiming at a 42% reduction below the 1990 level by 2020, 50% by 2030, and 80% by 2050 (including aviation and shipping). Britain’s goal is 34% below 1990 by 2022. 80% of Scotland’s reductions must be found within Scotland, and no more than 20% can be bought through overseas offsets. More than 21,000 people commented during the consultation on the draft legislation.

Source: BusinessGreen, June 2009

US carbon emissions fell by 9% in 2008 and 2008. Time will tell how much of this is due to the recession, and how much is due to a real low-carbon transition.

Source: Earth Policy Institute, October 2009

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Engage the Public

#64: Get Everyone Engaged

The Living Planet City:

10:10 - Cutting 10% of our Emissions in 2010 - a powerful new public engagement initiative form the UK.



Become an Effecient Nation

#66: Build a Super-Efficient Nation

The Rocky Mountain Institute has calculated that if the 40 least efficient states in the US were to reach the electrical efficiency of the 10 most efficient ones, national electricity use would fall by one third. This would allow 62% of America’s 617 coal-fired power plants to be closed.

Source: Earth Policy Institute, October 2009









Fossil Fuels

#71: Phase Out All Fossil Fuels

In July 2009, the Sierra Club announced the 100th cancellation of a proposed coal-fired power plant since 2001, keeping 400 million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere. The 100th plant was a proposed 900-megawatt coal-fired generating unit at the Intermountain Power Plant near Delta, Utah, triggered by Los Angeles’ decision to be a coal-free city by 2020.

Source: Sierra Club



Food Farming

#73: Reduce the Impact of Food and Farming

Sweden is introducing carbon labeling for food that has on average 25% less climate impact than a similar related product. Sweden has also published guidelines for climate-friendly food choices, recommending that its citizens reduce their meat and rice consumption as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Source: EurActiv, October 2009 and EurActiv, June 2009.

Vancouver has produced a major paper on The Economy of Local Food in Vancouver, which looks at ways of expanding the cultivation, distribution and retailing of locally grown food, ad the regulatory barriers that stand in the way.

Source: City of Vancouver, 2009.

Carbon Capture





#76: Develop a Sustainable Vehicles Strategy

Germany plans to become a world leader for low-carbon vehicles, increasing production from 2000 units in 2009 to 1 million units by 2020 and 5 million by 2030. Daimler and BMW plan to introduce their first electric cars in 2012; Volkswagen in 2013. To put this in context, Germany has 53 million vehicles, so 1 million low-carbon or electric cars by 2030 would be less than 1%.

Source: Worldwatch Institute, Sept 2009



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