GOVERNOR TALKS CLIMATE CHANGE WITH BUSINESS LEADERS
The Greening of the North American Economy'
Governor Janet Napolitano issued an international call to action' today, asking business leaders and government officials to continue to work together to achieve and enjoy the economic benefits of protecting the environment.
The Governor is traveling in Canada as part of an international trade development mission. During her remarks, the Governor joined colleagues Gary Doer, Premier of Manitoba and Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia, in reaffirming their commitment to work together to address climate change and develop new economic opportunities associated with increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The Governor was speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Government of Manitoba.
"Climate change poses a tremendous challenge," said Governor Napolitano, "but it also offers significant opportunity. We must face this as a region, with policies that benefit our environment and our economies."
Efforts are already underway to address climate change on the regional level. In August, the Governor and the two Premiers joined their colleagues of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) in announcing a regional goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the West to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.
Each state and province will implement individual GHG emissions goals to reach the regional goal. Arizona is currently implementing recommendations from the Governor's Climate Change Advisory Group. The Group's Climate Action Plan will provide Arizona with an estimated overall net economic cost savings of more than $5.5 billion between 2007 and 2020.
Low GHG-emissions cars and "green" buildings meeting LEED Silver standards are already being used throughout the region. Other more detailed regional options - such as solar and wind farms - will take more time to implement, but the cost savings and direct economic impact will result in possibly thousands of jobs in Arizona alone and a reduction of approximately 400,000 tons of CO2 by 2020 for the state.