Achieving the U.S. 2025 Emissions Mitigation Target

May 2015

When the United States announced its domestic pledge for the new international climate agreement expected to be negotiated in Paris later this year, the numbers became well known the world over: thee U.S. pledged to lower its carbon emissions by 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Less well understood is the path that will get us there. The two most frequently asked questions posed by those following the global climate debate have been: are these reductions achievable, and how? In this analysis, Maria Belenky found that, ten years out, announced and planned measures can get the U.S. within striking distance of meeting its target.