A New Analysis of City Greenhouse Gas Reduction Pledges


Screenshot from The Brookings Institution analysis.

Maxwell Bernstein | October 23, 2020

A new analysis from The Brookings Institution, a non-profit public-policy research institution, analyzed U.S. cities’ pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).  

Out of the 100 most populous cities in the U.S., only 45 cities have GHG reduction targets, and emission tallies to gauge how much emissions are produced. 

If these 45 cities achieve their emission goals, around 365 million metric tons of CO2e would be removed. This would be equal to 79 million passenger vehicles from the road. 

The Brookings Institution suggests that states, municipalities, the federal government, non-governmental organizations, and countries should, “improve the quality of pledges, emphasize the implementation of pledges, develop better models to estimate actual emissions changes, and encourage learning.” 

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