Reduce

Reducing GHGs

This “Reduce” section of the Guide covers policies to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause global climate change.  Deep GHG emission reductions are needed by mid-century to limit the worst effects of climate change. Clicking on the boxes below takes the user to summaries of the core policy types included in this section – Innovation, Incentives, Investments, Standards, and Market-based Mechanisms – and from there to filter or dive into specific policy options, each of which includes a brief description, design considerations, U.S. experience, additional resources, and related policies.

Source: Our World in Data

Policy Mechanisms

Innovation

Innovation refers to a variety of activities that drive the development and commercialization of emerging technologies, whether through government labs, enterprising start-ups, small businesses, or the marketplace.

Incentives

Incentives provide strong financial signals that can be highly effective in changing behavior and driving growth in innovative technologies. They include grants, project cost-sharing, and tax credits or deductions.

Investments

Investments are federal outlays that can be used to deploy, or pave the way for, low-carbon technologies or infrastructure. This includes some of the country’s largest procurement programs.

Standards

Standards seek a specific action or outcome, providing policymakers more certainty. Standards can take a variety of forms, including: command and control regulations that specify technologies and processes and performance-based standards that require the regulated entity to meet a specific performance goal.

Market Mechanisms

Market-based approaches such as carbon pricing and emissions trading are meant to create market signals that encourage shifts in long-term investment decisions and accelerate the deployment of technologies that can reduce emissions.

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Block Grants to State and Local Governments

Remove and Reduce and Adapt

Accelerated Depreciation

Remove and Reduce

Public-Private Partnerships

Remove and Reduce

Carbon Pricing

Reduce and Remove

Clean Energy Standards

Reduce and Remove

Clean Energy Tax Credits

Reduce

Federal Energy Innovation

Reduce

Federal Procurement

Remove and Reduce

Labeling and Information

Reduce

Life Cycle Assessment

Remove and Reduce

Low Carbon Fuel Standards

Reduce and Remove

Low-Carbon Finance

Reduce

Methane Leak Management

Reduce

Performance Standards (General)

Reduce

Procurement Standards (Buy Clean)

Reduce

Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled

Reduce

Renewable Fuel Standards

Reduce

Tax Advantaged Financing Structures

Remove and Reduce

Technical Assistance for Businesses and Landowners

Reduce

Vehicle Standards

Reduce

Zero emission vehicles (ZEV) mandates

Reduce