The Paris Agreement codified an international effort to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This warming limit is widely recognized as critical to human health, safety, food security, water supply, coral reef health, and the ability to manage adaptive capacity for climate impacts. Like many local and state governments across the United States, Southeast Florida governments seek to provide leadership in addressing the root causes of global climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement.
The vast majority of the energy consumed in Southeast Florida is used to fuel vehicles and generate electricity for buildings. Reducing regional emissions can serve to build the resilience of energy systems during storms and other natural disasters, and efficiency and conservation are the most accessible and cost-effective ways to reduce energy consumption.
These recommendations address efficiency and conservation strategies and encourage the use of renewable energy. They call for public-private partnerships and addressing barriers, including regulatory processes, that currently prevent the broad application of these technologies. The recommendations are comprehensive, ranging from setting goals and increasing renewable energy capacity to establishing a framework to deliver finance options.