Hawaii health officials applaud state emissions reductions

Hawaii public health officials are celebrating progress being made in the state’s effort to meet a goal established by the legislature in 2007 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to be equal to or below 1990 levels.

Projections in recently completed report, prepared by ICF, a global consulting and digital services provider, and the University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization (UHERO) for the Department of Health, indicate that Hawaii is on target.

Hawai‘i remains on the right path to mitigate the effects of climate change, and we must continue to stay on track,” said Dr. Bruce Anderson, health director. “The Department of Health requires greenhouse gas emission caps for the largest stationary sources of air pollution, and major sources of greenhouse gas emissions are taking responsibility for implementing the reductions. Everyone must do their part to continue these efforts.”

The report contains data from 2016, the most recent year for which figures are available, and previous years showing the state met its greenhouse gas emission limit of 10.84 million metric tons (MMT). With statewide greenhouse gas emission projections of 8.37 MMT and 6.43 MMT for 2020 and 2025, Hawaii is projected to meet its target for this year.

 

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The report follows through on a directive set forth in Act 234, 2017 legislation that established a policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state to 1990 levels by 2020. The Department of Health established the Hawai‘i greenhouse gas program to track the state’s progress in reducing emissions to combat the threats of climate change.

Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change are threats to the health and environment of the Hawaiian islands, but Hawai‘i is making progress to mitigate the effects of these threats,” read a statement released by DOH in response to the report.