US state California has passed a new law that targets generating 100 percent of the state’s electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045.
The governor of the state, the fifth largest economy in the world, has also signed a new executive order that commits it to become an order committing California to full, economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2045.
The Senate Bill 100 (SB 100), a significant step in climate action, says that the state should get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030.
“This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond. It will not be easy. It will not be immediate. But it must be done,” Governor Brown said in a statement.
Currently, electricity generation is responsible for 16 percent of California’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.
The state is hosting a three-day Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this week, when governmental representatives, environmental activists, and business leaders from around the world come together to push climate action.