Hawaii commits to 100% renewable roads by 2045
Hawaii has announced a new commitment to sustainable living technology, declaring that the state will transform both private and public transportation to completely renewable fuel sources by 2045.
Hōkūleʻa, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, hosted the state's four mayors from the City and County of Honolulu, Maui County, Hawaiʻi County and Kauaʻi County aboard a canoe in mid-December. There they signed proclamations declaring their goal.
Fast Company reports that the voyaging canoe made a highly publicized trip in June of 2017, using only traditional navigation tools to make their way around the world. The choice of location was a symbolic gesture to Hawaii's history.
The new commitment to renewable transportation was building on Hawaii's efforts toward sustainability.
Though the state has been working to green their grid, 24 percent of the state's fossil fuel consumption goes to ground transportation, and a quarter of their greenhouse gas emissions. Living on an island make the population even more aware of the threats posed by climate change and a rising ocean tide. Different sectors have been making commitments to combat these numbers for years.
Honolulu has already committed to making their bus system electric by 2035, and has one of the highest ridership rates in the nation. Maui and Kaua'i have also joined the pledge to improve their public transportation and switch to electric.
In 2015, Hawaii's governor signed four energy bills into law that set 2045 as the benchmark for when the state’s utilities must generate 100 percent of their electricity sales from renewable energy resources.
The decision was made to save money, cut off fossil fuel imports and give folks who don't own their own homes a chance to save money on their electric bill. While overarching legislation is an important motivator in the fight against climate destruction, innovation often depends on the work of local government and businesses.