During his tenure, Democratic Governor Jared Polis has made scaling up climate and green economy programmes a priority. In 2019, Governor Polis signed legislation that established GHG emission targets of 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050. Governor Polis also laid out a pathway to 100 percent renewables, modernisation of the Public Utilities Commission and other climate goals in a roadmap published in 2019. Even though renewables, particularly wind, have made inroads in Colorado, coal is still the leading source of electricity generation. Since coal has been a major industry in the state, Colorado has been a leader in advocating for a just transition for displaced coal workers. Other examples of the state’s climate ambitions include membership in the US Climate Alliance, a clean energy fund and a just transition office set up to support workers and communities hurt by fossil fuel industry layoffs and pollution. It has also made progress on zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) and is aiming for 940,000 ZEVs on the state’s roads by 2030, supported by a 2018 executive order.


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