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Beyond Carbon

Science shows that the impacts of climate change are intensifying — and that in order to avoid the worst outcomes, the world needs to move quickly toward a 100% clean energy economy. Beyond Carbon is working to drive the U.S. closer to that goal. Launched in 2019 with a $500 million investment from Mike Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies, it is the largest-ever coordinated campaign in the U.S. focused on tackling the climate crisis.. Building on the progress of the U.S. Beyond Coal campaign, which has now helped retire more than 60% of the country’s coal plants, Beyond Carbon aims to close 100% of all U.S. coal plants by 2030 and expand support for communities dependent on the coal industry; fight the construction of new gas plants that have been proposed; and help win state and local climate policy changes that bring the U.S. closer to its original Paris Agreement goals. 

Energy-related CO2 emissions in million metric tons

 

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ongoing leadership at the local level — in states, cities, businesses, and other groups — as well as advances in clean energy technology like wind, solar, and batteries, have set the stage for this ambitious initiative. 

Total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by economic sector in 2017

Beyond Carbon focuses on four key pillars of work to make progress:

  • Win on state and local policy
    Beyond Carbon is working with state and local organizations working to pass climate and clean energy policies, including 100% clean energy laws, targets and timetables to phase out climate pollution, and implementation of programs to expand low-carbon transit, speed up the deployment of electric vehicles, get pollution out of buildings, and promote low-carbon manufacturing.
  • Grow the climate movement
    Beyond Carbon is helping to grow the climate movement through partnership at all levels, including expanding support for grassroots organizations and frontline communities.
  • Double down with Beyond Coal and Beyond Gas
    Beyond Carbon is accelerating progress retiring coal plants, with the aim to retire all coal by 2030. Beyond Carbon will extend the successful strategies utilized in the U.S. Beyond Coal campaign to prevent a rush to increased reliance on oil or gas anywhere in our economy.
  • Elect climate champions
    Beyond Carbon is working to elect state and local climate champions. Elected representatives willing to lead on climate will drive progress from the local level.

 

By helping to drive progress at the local level, Beyond Carbon is pushing the U.S. forward on the path to a 100 percent clean energy economy.

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Top photo: Albuquerque, New Mexico Mayor Tim Keller delivers remarks on Beyond Carbon at a local organizing event.