Ryan Jacob CAE | Atlanta Brightens Future with 100% Clean Energy
Atlanta Brightens Future with 100% Clean Energy by Ryan Jacob, CAE Advocate
For Ryan Jacob, CAE (Clean Air Engineering) student and advocate, local governments have a responsibility to protect and preserve the rights of their constituents to live a healthy, quality life; to breathe clean air and to live in a healthy, toxic-free environment.
Ryan Jacob, CAE advocate happily shares that Atlanta is now among the cities in the United States that has taken an active approach to providing a clean and healthy environment for its residents. In May of 2017, Atlanta announced its commitment to transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2035. The act was initiated by then Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, where a resolution was passed by unanimous vote by the Atlanta City Council and approved by the Mayor. When Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took office, she announced her support for her predecessor’s clean energy commitment.
Atlanta’s move joins the commitment of other city mayors around the country to adhere to the Paris Climate Agreement just as President Donald Trump made it known publicly that he will be pulling out the country from the Paris Climate Agreement.
What is the Paris Climate Agreement?
Ryan Jacob, CAE advocate shares:
The Paris Agreement, also known as Paris accord, is an agreement within the international environmental treaty of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In a nutshell, countries who agree to the Paris accord will develop, and commit to, a plan to reduce their greenhouse emissions. There are 195 parties that have agreed to the Paris accord so far, including the largest contributor of carbon dioxide emissions, China (29.4%).
In June of last year, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the country from the agreement; a move that was strongly condemned by citizens and city mayors.
Atlanta’s Clean Energy Plan
So far, what Ryan Jacob, CAE student knows is that Atlanta’s general plan is to eliminate the city’s usage of electricity sourced from coal, nuclear power, and natural gas. The clean energy plan has two phases: 100% clean energy for all municipal and city-owned buildings by 2025 and renewable energy for all commercial establishments, buildings (including the airport) and homes by 2035.
To reach the 100% clean energy goal, the program will combine various techniques, from adding renewable energy sources like solar panels to promoting energy efficiency in homes and offices by using energy efficient appliances, lighting, etc.
Fossil fuels are among the largest contributors to air pollution, says Ryan Jacob, CAE advocate, and these generally come from our major sources of electricity: coal and natural gas. By reducing consumption of electricity sourced from these, you are helping reduce pollutants released into the air.
The city government admits that transitioning to 100% clean energy requires effort, and it has called upon its residents to take action where they can and to stay involved.
Ryan Jacob, CAE student will be sharing updates on Atlanta’s progress with this transition in future posts so kindly stay tuned for those. In the meantime, you are invited to browse the rest of the blog page to learn more about how you can help keep the air clean and reduce your own contribution to air pollution.