Arlington, Virginia, USA, 12 February 2019: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has become the 20th Governor to join the United States Climate Alliance, AHRI announced in a Press communiqué. The alliance now represents 47% of the population of the United States, an economy over USD 10 trillion and over a third of all US greenhouse gas emissions, the communiqué said. The alliance was formed to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, and pursue legislation and rulemakings to achieve the target of at least a 26-28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, based on 2005 levels, by 2025, the communiqué further said.
According to AHRI, so far three climate alliance states have introduced specific legislation to phase-down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). These states are Washington, New Jersey and Vermont, the communiqué said. Washington held a hearing on February 5, 2019, in the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy and Technology on the Senate version of the introduced HFC phase-down legislation, the communiqué further said.