June 2015 - via The White House Continuing to cut carbon pollution, protect American communities, and lead internationally. Read full report here: President Obama's Climate Action Plan - 2nd Anniversary Progress Report
President Obama unveils two executive actions to support energy infrastructure resilience: USDA announces $72 million to support rural electric infrastructure projects with major investments to drive solar energy and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience, which will improve U.S. energy infrastructure resilience against extreme weather and climate change impacts.
The White House announces a set of actions to protect communities from climate-related health impacts, including the release of a Climate and Health Assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the release of a study from the Centers for Disease Control identifying the greatest climate change-related health impacts and possible mitigation strategies, and the first ever White House Climate and Health Summit (which took place on June 23, 2015).
President Obama signs an executive order directing federal agencies to reduce their GHG emissions by a minimum of 40 percent by 2025 from 2008 levels, and to increase electricity generation from renewable energy to 30 percent of total generation.
The White House releases its fiscal year 2016 budget request with a strong emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Notable requests include allocating $7.4 billion to clean energy technology programs, repealing $4 billion in tax subsidies to fossil fuel producers, and allocating $2.7 billion for the U.S. Global Change Research Program for climate change programs.
President Obama signs an executive order establishing the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard to improve community resilience against the impacts of increased future flooding.
June 2014 - via The White House The White House releases the one-year progress report on the Climate Action Plan: Cutting carbon pollution, protect American communities, and lead internationally. Read full report here: President Obama's Climate Action Plan - 2nd Anniversary Progress Report
The White House announces that $2 billion will be spent on energy efficiency upgrades to federal buildings over the next three years through energy savings performance contracts. This is in addition to the $2 billion investment announced in 2011.
President Obama directs the EPA and DOT to develop and finalize new fuel efficiency and GHG standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by March 2016.
On January 9, 2014, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the administration to conduct a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). Informed by the June 2013 President’s “Climate Action Plan” and in response to a 2011 recommendation by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the administration-wide QER enables the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of analytically based, integrated actions--executive actions, legislative proposals, and budget and resource requirements for proposed investments--over a four-year planning horizon. The White House Domestic Policy Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy jointly chair an interagency QER Task Force, while the Secretary of Energy provides support to the QER Task Force, including coordination of activities related to the preparation of the QER report, policy analysis and modeling, and stakeholder engagement. The Task Force is directed to deliver a report to the President that includes the following: Provides an integrated view of, and recommendations for, Federal energy policy in the context of economic, environmental, occupational, security, and health and safety priorities, with attention in the first report given to the challenges facing the Nation’s
President Obama signs a Presidential Memorandum on Federal Leadership on Energy Management, directing the federal government to purchase at least 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
The Administration expands the Better Buildings Challenge, a $2 billion program to finance energy efficiency upgrades in commercial buildings, to multifamily housing units as well. Additionally, the Administration announces the creation of the Better Buildings Accelerator which will support state and local government-led efforts to cut energy waste and to promote greater efficiency.