Michigan will cut CO3 emissions by nearly 1 million metric pounds by 2025 under a new plan announced Tuesday by Gov.
Snyder made the announcement on the eve of the state’s annual COP21 climate summit, which was held in Morocco.
Under the plan, which is the first of its kind, Michigan will eliminate its entire greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, from the current annual average of 1.3 million metric-ton CO2-equivalent.
It will also slash its power plant emissions by 2.5 million metric cubic feet of CO2 equivalent annually.
“By 2025, we will cut our CO2 consumption by almost 1 million cubic feet per day, and the total amount of CO02 we emit will drop by almost 3 million cubic foot per day,” Snyder said in a statement.
“The reduction in emissions is a critical step toward achieving the goal of achieving 100 percent renewables by 2030.”
Snyder announced the plan in a meeting with state lawmakers Tuesday.
The plan will come into effect immediately, he said.
Under the plan , Michigan will also reduce emissions from the power sector.
According to the governor, the state will reduce electricity consumption by an average of 10 million metric ton per day by 2030.
The announcement comes amid a national debate about the future of fossil fuels and the economy, with many Republicans and Democrats urging the U.S. to phase out fossil fuels entirely, while some environmentalists and environmentalists pushing for a more robust transition to renewable energy.
The plan was hailed by climate activists, who said it was an important step forward to reduce CO2 and to meet the world’s climate goals.
Sawant, a member of the Green Party, said in an interview with The Associated Press that she hopes the state moves forward with the plan to eliminate fossil fuels.
“This is going to be a very positive move, and it will save the lives of millions of people who are going to live in poverty,” Sawant said.
Seward said that Michigan’s decision is “absolutely the right thing to do.”
Sawampian, who is the state coordinator for Clean Michigan, said that by 2030 Michigan will be producing more energy than all other states combined.
“The way to do that is to get more renewable energy,” she said.
“By 2030 we are going have more renewable power than we have electricity, so we are making progress.”
Sewant said the state also is looking at ways to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from power plants.
She said the plan will also help reduce emissions in other sectors.
“I’m really excited about this,” she told AP.
“We have been very successful in the last 10 years in cutting CO2 from our power plants and moving away from coal.”