For Immediate Release
October 27, 2015
CONCORD – Continuing her efforts to protect the environment and reduce harmful emissions that lead to climate change, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that New Hampshire has signed the Under 2 MOU, a global compact among cities, states and provinces worldwide to limit the increase in global average temperature to below two degrees Celsius.
“The science is clear that greenhouse gas emissions and other man-made pollutants are the key contributors to climate change, which threatens our environment, our economy and our way of life,” Governor Hassan said. “We know that a healthy environment and economic development go hand-in-hand, and that’s why doing everything that we can to address climate change is an economic imperative for our state.”
Signatories to the Under 2 MOU agree to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels or limit to two metric tons CO2-equivalent per capita, by 2050, the same as identified in the 2009 New Hampshire Climate Action Plan (2009) and in line with the 2001 New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan target of 74-84 percent below 2001 levels. The Under 2 MOU does not include a mandated path to meet reduction targets.
“New Hampshire has long been a leader in efforts to cut carbon emissions and combat climate change, and signing the Under 2 MOU is consistent with our current goals and efforts to address climate change,” Governor Hassan said. “The Under 2 MOU allows flexibility for individual signatories, and it offers new opportunities for collaboration and to share information on best practices in a number of areas regarding climate change.”
In addition to the emissions reduction goals, the Under 2 MOU calls for parties to aim to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy; to coordinate on transportation issues and the development of electric vehicle infrastructure; to collaborate on climate change adaption and resilience efforts; and to coordinate in the areas of scientific assessments, communication and public participation.
As a State Senator, Governor Hassan sponsored New Hampshire's original Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) legislation, which has brought numerous benefits to the Granite State, including reducing harmful emissions and helping to reduce energy costs, create jobs and encourage innovation in the state's clean-energy economy. She also helped enact the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) law and consistently fights for clean air and water.
As Governor, she has signed bipartisan legislation to help maximize the benefits of RGGI for New Hampshire ratepayers, to update the RPS law and to establish a long-term New Hampshire Energy Strategy.
New Hampshire joins California, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington as American states to sign the agreement. The Under 2 MOU has now been signed or endorsed by 49 jurisdictions representing 19 countries and five continents, collectively representing 499 million people and more than $14.7 trillion in GDP. If the signatories represented a single country, it would be the world’s second largest economy behind only the United States. For more information, visit http://under2mou.org/.