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County Joins Under2 Coalition; Announces Ambitious Electric Vehicle Goals
  
  

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Continuing its decades-long record of leadership on climate change and environmental issues, Broward County has joined the Under2 Coalition, the largest global coalition of regional and state governments committed to keeping global temperature rises to under 2 degrees Celsius. Deputy County Administrator Monica Cepero will ceremonially sign the Subnational Global Climate Memorandum of Understanding (commonly referred to as the “Under2 MOU”) at the Under2 Coalition General Assembly this week in San Francisco, alongside 15 other new members.

 

Cepero will also announce Broward County’s intention to electrify its transit buses and County fleet vehicles by 2030 as part of its participation in the Under2 Zero Emission Vehicle Project.

 

Broward County is the first county in Florida to join the Under2 Coalition. The Broward County Commission unanimously approved the Under2 MOU in November 2017, and the County’s request to join the Under2 Coalition was approved in May 2018.

 

“I am thrilled that Broward County is now part of the Under2 Coalition—and proud that we are the very first county in Florida to join,” said Broward County Mayor Beam Furr. “As a low-lying community in a region exposed to extreme weather events which already experiences direct effects from sea level rise, we have much to lose if humankind does not begin reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, we have much to gain by joining the Under2 Coalition: a goal toward which to strive, strength in numbers, and the exchange of knowledge and best practices with some of the most innovative governments in the world.”

 

The Under2 Coalition includes over 200 governments in 43 countries, representing 1.3 billion people and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. Other US member jurisdictions include Montgomery County (Maryland); the cities of Orlando, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle; and the states of California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

 

The Under2 Coalition General Assembly is taking place during this week’s landmark Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, at which thousands of representatives of states, regions, cities, companies, investors, and citizens will be gathering to redouble global efforts to combat climate change and encourage the national governments who are parties to the Paris Agreement to make their national climate action plans even more ambitious.

 

The County’s electric vehicle goals will affect approximately 350 transit buses and 2,300 fleet vehicles of all types. The Broward County Commission approved purchase of five electric buses for use on express routes between the county and downtown Miami and has plans to purchase another 15 electric buses for regular routes in the next few years. As electric vehicle technology continues to improve, the County intends to electrify its entire fleet of 350 buses and is already preparing to increase its purchase of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

 

The global carbon emissions reduction goal of 80% to 95% below 1990 levels by 2050 contained in the Under2 MOU will be required to stabilize warming and environmental conditions by 2100. Failure to meet this goal will present dangerous or even catastrophic climate changes. The Under2 Coalition goal is consistent with Broward County's previous targets to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from County operations and Countywide by at least 80% below 2010 levels by 2050.
 

DATE:  September 12, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Monica Cepero

Assistant County Administrator
PHONE: 954-357-7354

EMAIL: mcepero@broward.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Jason Liechty
Senior Environmental Project Coordinator

PHONE: 954-257-7408

EMAIL: jliechty@broward.org


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