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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Hawaii

Dr. Denise Konan, to present at Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS) Seminar Series.

Hawaii has committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. This research presentation uses detailed data on Hawaii's energy infrastructure and economic activities to determine the carbon intensity of Hawaii industries. New results are also presented on the role that visitor expenditures play in Hawaii's GHG emission profile, relative to residential activities.


The Economics of Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Hawaii

Dr. Denise Konan, to speak at Hawaii Economic Association luncheon September 24, 2009.

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would put a price on carbon. The State of Hawaii has committed to sharp reductions in carbon emissions, and the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. Come hear the Director of UHERO's EGGS project explain what this transition to clean energy means for Hawaii's people, businesses, workers and visitors?

Hawai'i Greenhouse Gas Emissions Profile 1990 and 2005

In an effort to effect national and global climate change policy to address the increase in greenhouse gas emissions, the Hawai'i legislature passed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2007, Act 234. Act 234 calls for Hawai'i to return its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Here we report an inventory of emissions for the state for 1990 and 2005, and forecast emissions growth out to 2020.



For a preliminary economic analysis of Act 234, Hawaii's renewable portfolio standards (SB 3185), and related issues, see "Policy Options for Greening Hawaii's Carbon and Energy Profiles"


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