Emission reduction goals - other jurisdictions

This page contains resources about countries and states that have set or are setting targets for reducing the carbon emissions generated by the generation of electricity.


Massachusetts Group  - trying for No Coal by 2015 and 100% Clean Electricity by 2020 http://justandstable.org/

Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy http://www.ieer.org/carbonfree/

In July 2008 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a report on how the US could generate 20% of its electricity by 2030 from wind (PDF)

The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Program leads the nation's efforts to improve the performance, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind technologies. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wind/about.html

The U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Program works with the national laboratories, industry, universities, and other federal agencies to promote the development and deployment of technologies capable of generating environmentally sustainable and cost-effective electricity from the nation's water resources. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/water/about.html


A McKinsey & co report in 2008 found cutting Australian emissions by 30% by 2020 and 60% by 2050 would be easy

Zero Carbon Australia 2020 - zero emissions for stationary power by 2020 http://beyondzeroemissions.org/zero-carbon-australia-2020. There is an interesting discussion at http://www.skepticalscience.com/Zero-Carbon-Australia-2020.html

Australia Renewable Energy Target: 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply will come from renewable sources by 2020. http://www.climatechange.gov.au/government/initiatives/renewable-target.....

The Australian Government has a new long-term target to cut [carbon] pollution by 80 per cent below 2000 levels by 2050. http://www.cleanenergyfuture.gov.au/clean-energy-future/securing-a-clean...

United Kingdom

The UK recently introduced a Renewable Heat Incentive plan (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/10/renewable-heating-subs...) to encourage the development of renewable energy. At first glance it looks a bit similar to the Ontario Green Energy Act's Feed-in-Tarriff plan.

Zero Carbon Britain 2030 is a positive, realistic vision for an energy progressive society free from fossil fuels. http://www.zerocarbonbritain.com/

Scotland - 100% renewable electricity by 2020

Northern Ireland - 40% by 2020


This article (http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/Renewabl...) provides recent statistics on renewable energy sources in the European Union (EU). Renewable energy sources include wind power, solar power (thermal, photovoltaic and concentrated), hydroelectric power, tidal power, geothermal energy and biomass.

Norway is 100% renewable

Sweden, Switzerland and France are supposedly 100% renewable now (but this includes nuclear power.)

Denmark - 30% renewable by 2020

Small Islands

Bonaire Island, 100% by 2015 http://www.edinenergy.org/bonaire.html

Bornholm Island (Denmark) 100% renewable by 2014 and 100% carbon neutral by 2025 http://www.brk.dk/bornholm/site.aspx?p=807

Samsø (Denmark) 100% carbon neutral from wind-power http://www.wind-works.org/articles/SamsoeRenewableEnergyIsland.html

Maldives - seems to be going Carbon Neutral by 2020

Cook Islands - originally set a target of 50% renewable energy by 2015 and 100% by 2020. July 13, 2010 they have revised the target of 100% renewables by 2020 (http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=56463)