US commitment to lower emissions: affect on climate change

  • The US government has announced plans to transform heavy-pollutant industries to low-carbon ones through green procurement practices and innovation.
  • The private sector will play a central role to these announcements, with initiatives like the First Movers Coalition stimulating green growth.
  • Achieving net-zero targets will require a concerted effort from all countries to transform their economies – such efforts must provide green, alternative growth paths for developing countries.

US President Joe Biden has made tackling climate change a top priority. One of his first orders in 2021 was to appoint John Kerry as the first US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. The Biden-Harris Administration have, since then, pursued an environmental agenda, backed by a push for clear regulations to move the American economy to a low-carbon path.

On 15 February the White House announced a string of environmental…

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