Biden US Administration pledges to slash GHG by half

27 April 2021

President Biden last week pledged to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50-52% by the end of the decade, as part of an aggressive push to tackle climate change in the United States and persuade other major economies around the world to follow suit.

The announcement was made at a virtual summit of 40 world leaders, aiming to increase international climate ambitions and reestablishing the United States as an environmental leader and activist.

The pledge represents a near-doubling of the target that the nation committed to under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, when Barack Obama vowed to cut emissions by 26 to 28%, compared with 2005 levels.

The administration is likely to first offer broad strokes rather than a detailed breakdown of how it will meet the more ambitious target. Further details have yet to be released.