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Governor’s statement on Paris Climate Accord

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 in Featured, Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

Hawaiʻi and other Pacific Islands are already experiencing the impact of rising sea levels and natural disasters. That’s why my administration and the Legislature are already taking concrete steps to implement the Paris Accord. Hawaiʻi will continue to fulfill its kuleana on reaching our energy, water, land and other sustainability goals to make island Earth a home for all. The innovation economy is driven by technology, clean energy, and green jobs. We will continue to lead on this transformation and work collaboratively with people around the world.  — Governor David Y. Ige


SB 559 expands strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide in alignment with the principles and goals adopted in the Paris Agreement. 
HB 1578 establishes the Carbon Farming Task Force within the Office of Planning to identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration in the state’s agricultural and aquaculturally sectors.
Also, county mayors will sign a commitment agreement to follow the goals enshrined in the Paris climate accord.
  • Gov. David Ige
  • Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell
  • Representatives from the offices of:
Hawai‘i Island Mayor Harry Kim
Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa
Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho
Members of the House and Senate
WHEN: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE:  State Capitol Rotunda
**This event will be streamed LIVE through Facebook Live at