Carbon targets - 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.


MassachusettsGroup - trying for No Coal by 2015 and 100% Clean Electricity by 2020

Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy

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 Programleads the nation's efforts to improve the performance, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind technologies.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Programworks 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.


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 There is an interesting discussion at

Australia Renewable Energy Target: 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply will come from renewable sources by 2020.

The Australian Government has a new long-term target to cut [carbon] pollution by 80 per cent below 2000 levels by 2050.

United Kingdom

The UK recently introduced a Renewable Heat Incentive plan ( to encourage the development of renewable energy. At first glance it looks a bit similar to the Ontario Green Energy Act's Feed-in-Tarriffplan.

Zero Carbon Britain 2030 is a positive, realistic vision for an energy progressive society free from fossil fuels.

Scotland- 100% renewable electricity by 2020

Northern Ireland - 40% by 2020


This article( provides recent statistics on renewable energy sourcesin the European Union (EU). Renewable energy sources include wind power, solar power (thermal, photovoltaic and concentrated), hydroelectric power, tidal power, geothermal energy and biomass.

Norwayis 100% renewable

SwedenSwitzerlandand Franceare supposedly 100% renewable now (but this includes nuclear power.)

Denmark- 30% renewable by 2020

Small Islands

Bonaire Island, 100% by 2015

Bornholm Island(Denmark) 100% renewable by 2014 and 100% carbon neutral by 2025

Samsø(Denmark) 100% carbon neutral from wind-power

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% renewablesby 2020(