Georgia does not currently have any state-wide renewable portfolio goals or emissions-reduction targets. The state’s Republican Governor and State Legislature have not prioritised climate action and decarbonising the state’s economy. Cities, however, have taken their own steps. Atlanta aims for 100 percent clean energy by 2035. Savannah plans to reach 30 percent clean energy by 2025, 50 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050. Public-private partnerships, such as The Georgia Climate Project (whose members include state universities), are also key actors pushing the state to increase its climate ambition. Despite the political dynamic in the Republican-led state government, Georgia’s geography may lead lawmakers to begin prioritising climate legislation. Hurricanes, floods and coastal erosion threaten Georgia and its 100 miles of coastline, and a number of bills have been introduced with a focus on conservation and adaptation. However, targets to reduce fossil fuel use or a comprehensive plan to tackle climate change are not likely for the foreseeable future.
SHORT-TERM OUTLOOK THROUGH 2025 – GEORGIA
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