COP23 Bonn

Thank You COP23 Delegates and Sponsors

View our official UNFCCC Side Event: Sub-National Strategies in North America for Meeting Paris Commitments (from 23:36 -1:47:45)

View our delegation’s official UNFCCC Press Conference.

Delegation of 11 U.S. States and Four Governors Arrives in Bonn for COP23 Climate Conference – read about all of our COP23 events.

Delegate Reception – (L to R) Craig Ebert, Climate Action Reserve; Governor Jay Inslee, Washington; Governor Kate Brown, Oregon; Governor Jerry Brown, California; and Ann McCabe, The Climate Registry

“Climate change poses the greatest threat to Oregon’s environment, economy, and way of life. Future generations will judge us not on the impact of global climate change, but what we’ve done. I’m proud to say the work Oregon is doing to tackle climate change is helping us grow our economy. We have the fastest job growth rate in the country and one of the fastest growing GDPs. It has resulted in 50,000 jobs in energy renewal and conservation.” – Governor Kate Brown

“Making progress on climate change requires talking to profit-making organizations in every sector and getting their buy-in. Meeting the challenge of climate change and growing our economy are not mutually exclusive.” – Governor Jerry Brown

“Without victory, there is no survival. Donald Trump cannot stop us from doing anything that we’re bound to do to stop climate change. We are in the control of our own destiny in our states.” – Governor Jay Inslee

“Our groundbreaking Next Generation Energy Act and the solar standard have created over 50,000 clean energy jobs in the state of Minnesota. These are good paying jobs in communities across our state. Governor Dayton is committed to fighting climate change for Minnesota’s future generations, and we believe we can go even further than the goals we set for ourselves 10 years ago.” – Stephanie Zawistowski, Senior Policy Advisor; Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith

“It’s important that state legislators continue to exercise leadership on climate action and clean energy. There are policy levers we can move at the state level — and given the lack of federal action — it’s more urgent than ever for states to continue to make progress on climate action.” – Melissa Hortman, Minnesota Minority Leader State Representative, District 36B

California “We have aggressive greenhouse gas goals for 2030 and 2050, which provides a long-term goal and framework, in addition to our immediate goal, which is to combat short-lived climate pollutants… We are democratizing our climate policies, ensuring that the resources derived from our cap and trade program…go directly and immediately to the most impacted communities in our state. Those who are most vulnerable, most susceptible to climate change and most disproportionately impacted by air pollution get the resources they need to improve their quality of life… As the sixth largest economy in the world, we are proving we can decouple our economy from carbon and continue to grow and create jobs.” – Ricardo Lara, California State Senator

“The state of Colorado is committed to improving our health, well-being, and quality of life while creating new jobs, and climate action is critical to this goal. Since we passed the nations first, voter-approved renewable energy standard, our largest utility has increased renewables from less than 1% to 30%. Currently there is a proposal before the PUC that would remove an additional 660 MW of coal generation and invest USD2.5 billion in clean energy, all while keeping consumer costs the same or lower. Climate action is good for Colorado and good for our citizens of today and tomorrow.” – Taryn Finnessey, Senior Climate Change Specialist at State of Colorado Department of Natural Resources

“We’re pleased to stand with the rest of the world on climate change. We know that acting on climate change makes our state, our economy, our cities and towns stronger and puts us on the right path forward. We are on track to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement within our state and, as we’ve reduced carbon emissions, we have seen a 75% increase over 1990 gross state domestic product. As we reduce those emissions, our economy continues to grow.” – Katie Theoharides, Assistant Secretary of Climate Change, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

“We’re glad to be here to demonstrate as strongly as we can that we are committed to fighting climate change, increasing resiliency and preparedness locally statewide and regionally. We have an aggressive greenhouse gas goal of 40% by 2030 based on 2006 benchmark, and a key component of our plan is to demonstrate that we’re having a net-positive impact to jobs and the economy while taking action on climate change. This is a climate of opportunity. Maryland is open for business and the greener the greater.” – Ben Grumbles, Maryland Secretary of the Environment

“In New York we have seen the impacts of climate change first hand, including the devastation of superstorm Sandy just over five years ago. We are on pace to meet or exceed the US emission reduction targets under the Paris Agreement. The nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has already seen emissions drop 50% from 2005 levels while reducing energy bills by over a billion dollars and creating thousands of high-quality clean energy jobs. It has provided USD1.7 billion in public health benefits in New York state. We will achieve 50% renewable energy by 2030 driven by the clean energy standard. Our power system will be coal-free by 2020. As a result of our climate efforts, we now have 146,000 clean energy jobs in New York state. New York is not standing idly by, Governor Cuomo will lead by example and encourages other states and nations to join us.” – Jared Snyder, Deputy Commissioner, New York Department of Environmental Conservation

“The sense of optimism that comes out of this process will carry us forward and we will resolve this issue of climate change.” – Richard Bloom, Assemblymember California

“Vermonters have embraced a future that includes renewables, low-carbon footprint and efficiency. Our clean energy sector is 5% of our workforce, and we have a robust plan that the people are behind in the state of Vermont. We are still in.” – Sarah Hoffman, Board Member, Vermont Public Utility Commission

“We are proud to be the first state to enact a statute committing us to the Paris Agreement. We are an island state, and we see up front the impacts of climate change: coastal erosion and flooding, storms, and drought. It is imperative that we all tackle climate change together.” – Suzanne Case, Chairperson, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resourcescop23-logo-TCR

For more information about TCR’s role in COP23 please contact our program director at: aholm@theclimateregistry.org