On November 4, 2016, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP21) went into force. It was adopted by at least 55 nations representing at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Including the US and China, 110 countries have now the adopted COP21, with the goal of limiting the world’s rise in average temperature and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Building on this momentum, COP22 convened in Marrakesh this November, with the goal of driving the Green Economy while bringing clean energy to the masses.
California has shown courage and innovation in being a leader in energy efficiency, and it’s success was an important factor in the Paris Agreement. While we maintained our electricity use even per person, we grew our energy-intensive, high-tech industries and our economy faster than the national average.
Since California’s energy code began–Title 24 started in 1978–our State has diverged from the rest of the United States. We’ve maintained our per capita electricity consumption while the rest of the country continues to use more. Since 1997–the earliest data available–we’ve maintained an average GDP per capita that is ~9.5% higher than the rest of the Country.
Our work has never been more important than today!