On Wednesday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced his support for a pledge that would see the City Beautiful completely powered by clean and renewable energy by 2050. Dyer is joining 60 other Mayors from around the country in the Sierra Club’s Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative.
Dyer’s announcement compounds another push to have the city using entirely renewable electricity by 2030. The city is currently engaged in it’s Greenworks program that has made it one of the most “greenest” cities in the country.
“I am proud to support a vision of transitioning entirely to 100 percent clean and renewable energy in our City,” said Dyer. “Cities are the front lines where this transformation can happen and by leading an effort like this, we can not only help to improve the health of our residents but also help preserve natural resources, ensure environmental protection, create new jobs in the growing clean energy industry and drive even more economic growth to our region.”
The Mayor has also signed the Under2 MOU, a commitment launched by the United Nations COP 21 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions towards net-zero by 2050 and implement strategies to prevent global warming even though the city hopes to beat that goal by 2040.
The news comes as President Donald Trump considers pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement which includes nationwide measures to reduce climate change.