Mayor Mitch Roth reaffirms the county’s commitment to climate action in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling
limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions of power plants.
The June 30th ruling of 6-3 ‘in favor’ goes against the nation’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint and combat
climate change globally. However, the EPA maintains that it has authority to address greenhouse gas emissions
from the power sector, and EPA Administrator Regan said in an Associated Press article published earlier this
week that the agency “will move forward with lawfully setting and implementing environmental standards that
meet our obligation to protect all people and all communities from environmental harm.”
“We remain committed to our goal of fostering a sustainable Hawaiʻi Island where our keiki can thrive and
succeed for generations to come,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “Regardless of decisions made on the Federal level,
we have the power to take action on a local level, and that’s powerful. As a county, we will continue efforts to
shift our fleet to 100% alternative fuel vehicles, pressure the Governor to declare an energy emergency to fasttrack the PUC and get us closer to our goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045, and push forward on our
pledge to help plant 1 million trees on Hawaiʻi Island before 2030 to help with carbon drawdown and combat
global climate change. In addition, we will continue working toward our Climate Action Plan and engaging
partners statewide to join our efforts.”
The County of Hawaiʻi Research and Development Climate Action Plan works to identify values, actions, and
implement strategies that directly relate to the needs and concerns of Hawaiʻi Island. The County of Hawaiʻi
also continues to commit to the Paris Climate Change Agreement and work towards the goal of 100% renewable
transportation by 2045 to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Hawaiʻi County’s Climate History
In 2017, Hawai’i County joined the Climate Mayors network to uphold the Paris Agreement to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, hold global warming to 1.5 degrees C, and accelerate the transition to a clean energy
economy that benefits our people’s security, prosperity, and health.
In December 2017, Mayor Kim joined other Hawai’i counties in a pledge to transform transportation by signing
a Proclamation of Commitment to 100% Renewable Ground Transportation by 2045. This would ensure that all
public and private ground transportation is fueled by renewable energy by 2045. Additionally, the County of
Hawai’i pledged to lead by example and establish a goal of having a 100 percent renewable-powered city fleet
by 2035. Click each link for the following supporting documents and information: Research and Development’s
Alignment with Sustainability Action Committee Goals, and County of Hawaii Transportation Initiatives.
County of Hawai`i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
In October 2019, the Hawai’i County Council passed Resolution 322-19, declaring a Hawai’i County climate
emergency and requesting regional collaboration towards an immediate, just transition and emergency
mobilization effort to restore a safe climate.
The County of Hawai’i completed the 2015 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory Report in January
2020, which was developed to serve as a basis for understanding emissions trends and where to prioritize
reduction efforts in a County Climate Action Plan.
Following the GHG Inventory, the first draft of the County of Hawai’i Climate Action Plan was released for
public comment. This document is the next step forward for Hawai’i County to reach its Greenhouse Gas
emissions goals and protect our communities health and safety. Implementing the actions and strategies outlined
in this plan will enable Hawai’i Island to become more sustainable and self-reliant while embracing its role in
mitigating global climate change.
In March 2020, the Hawai’i County Council passed Bill 142 to amend Chapter 2, Article 8, Section 2-37 of the
Hawai’i County Code 1983 (2016 edition, as amended), relating to the Department of Research and
Development’s Sustainability Action Committee. The amendment includes climate change in the subjects the
committee can advise on. It also includes environmental science as a basis on which a member can serve on the
committee. Additionally, the County Council provided more information on the Department of Research and
Developments’ alignment with the Sustainability Action Committee.
In July 2020, the County of Hawai’i signed on to the Climate Mayors Congressional Letter delivered to leaders
in D.C. advocating a zero-carbon green economy that creates good-paying jobs and prioritizes equity.

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