In November 2016, the United States presented this mid-century strategy (MCS) under the Obama Administration, which envisions economy-wide net GHG emissions reductions of 80 percent or more below 2005 levels by 2050. The U.S. MCS charts a path that is achievable, consistent with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, and an acceleration of existing market trends. It will require increasingly ambitious decarbonization policies and support for continued innovation. The pace of emissions reductions will need to double after 2020 to achieve the 2025 target, and the United States will need to sustain that accelerated pace through 2050.
The national strategy is similar to California’s long-term strategy: Transition electricity generation to carbon-free sources and substantially electrify transportation, building heating and industry. Also looks at land-use carbon sink options.