Hawaii Passes Law to Make State Carbon Neutral by 2045

The state of Hawaii’s 2015 law to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2045 was bolstered by a bill passed this June to make the state carbon neutral by 2045, the most ambitious climate goal of any state. The Governor signed bills to use carbon offsets to plant trees and to factor in rising sea levels when engineering new buildings as well. While vehicle electrification is underway with almost 7,000 electric vehicles in the state, some challenges to reaching the goal will include global transportation issues of upgrading ships and planes to clean energy. A 2017 report by the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission indicates high risks to the islands like the rising sea levels of more than three feet as early as 2060, which will expose over 6,500 structures and 20,000 people to chronic flooding with a resultant $19 billion in economic losses.  Fastcompany