The White House said on March 31 that the United States formally submitted its target to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26-28 percent, by 2025, to the U.N. body that organizes climate negotiations.
The New York Times reported (3/31) that the Obama Administration is relying on emission cuts enacted earlier in the Administration to meet the target.
Secretary of State John Kerry also highlighted the U.S. target (3/31) and encouraged other nations to come forward with their own commitments.
Known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), these pledges are being submitted by many countries to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2015, ahead of a major round of global climate talks in December.
The Washington Post reported on March 31 that 30 countries representing 60 percent of global GHG emissions have already submitted their INDC pledges.
Mexico submitted its pledge on March 27, becoming the first major emerging economy to do so. At the same time, the United States announced a joint task force with Mexico to improve climate policy and regulatory coordination.
The U.S. target comes as no surprise. The U.S. said in November 2014 that it would curb GHG emissions 26-28 percent by 2025, from a 2005 baseline. It was accompanied by a commitment from China to peak its own GHG emissions no later than 2030.
Gabon submitted its pledge on April 1, becoming the first African nation to do so.
The World Resources Institute offers an interactive map for tracking and viewing national pledges as they are submitted to the UNFCCC. Many more countries are expected to submit pledges.