Governor Wolf Establishes First
Statewide Goal to Reduce Carbon Pollution in Pennsylvania
Executive Order Will Help Reduce Emissions by 26 Percent by 2025, 80
Percent by 2050
Pittsburgh, PA –
Today Governor Tom Wolf announced that he has signed a new executive order establishing
the first statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania, which
is contributing to climate change. The executive order also establishes the
GreenGov Council to boost green and sustainable
practices in state government to help achieve the goals set in the
executive order, while saving taxpayers money and
creating jobs in the state’s clean energy economy.
absence of leadership from the federal government, states and cities are
stepping up and doing their part to reduce emissions,” said Governor Wolf.
“Today I am proud to declare the commonwealth’s intention to address
climate change, the most critical environmental threat facing the world.”
commonwealth will work to achieve a 26 percent reduction of greenhouse gas
emissions by 2025 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050, from 2005 levels.
The GreenGov Council will work with all state
agencies to reduce energy use in state government and improve the energy
efficiency of state buildings and vehicles, saving taxpayers money in the
The GreenGov Council will serve as a central coordinating
body to promote the implementation of the executive order and the
achievement of the following state agency performance goals:
- Reduce overall energy consumption by 3 percent per
year, and 21 percent by 2025, as compared to 2017 levels.
- Replace 25 percent of the state passenger car fleet
with battery electric and plug-in electric hybrid cars by 2025.
- Procure renewable energy to offset at least 40
percent of the commonwealth’s annual electricity use.
agencies can continue to demonstrate their commitment to both environmental
and fiscal stewardship by implementing best practices to reduce energy and
resource consumption, improve energy efficiency, realize cost savings, and
protect the environment,” said Governor Wolf.
The GreenGov Council will encourage and coordinate the
incorporation of environmentally sustainable practices into the
commonwealth government's policy, planning, operations, procurement, and
regulatory functions, and strive for continuous improvement in efficiency
of the Departments of General Services, Environmental Protection, and
Conservation and Natural Resources will co-chair the Council.
governor announced the new executive order at an event celebrating the
public-private collaboration happening in the city of Pittsburgh to help
bolster the city’s climate action plan. Today, Peoples Gas announced a
commitment to cut methane emissions from Pittsburgh’s distribution system
by 50 percent using advanced leak detection methods developed in
partnership with Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach to
map and measure leaks coming from underground pipes. The pledge is the
first of its kind by a United States utility.
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