The Vision: One Target for All

The fundamental goal is to meet the current global average source-energy demand of 2000 watts and cap greenhouse gas emissions at 500 watts of fossil-fuel-based energy or 1 ton of CO2equ. by 2050.

Meeting Global Goals for Climate Change.

The Paris Agreement commits to “Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.”

It reflects a goal that is based on equality and solidarity of all people, including nations that are both industrial and developing countries. To reflect the resource limitations of the planet and to support local resources, the 2000-Watt Society provides a single target and a proven, measurable and actionable framework to meet our global goals.

The most recent data shows that on average, Americans use 12,000 watts per person and 20 tons of C02 per person each year. As some of the most livable cities in the world like Munich and Zurich have demonstrated (both 2000-Watt Societies), a dramatic reduction in energy consumption will not affect the quality of life, but reducing the footprint will instead make a community more competitive, resilient, support innovation and get people working not only for the current generation, but also building a strong foundation for future generations to come.

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Watts per Person

‘CAIT’ by World Resource Institute

CO2 per Person

‘CAIT’ by World Resource Institute

Projected per Person

U.S. historical and 2000-Watt Society goal projected CO2equ. from 1850 to 2050: ‘CAIT’ by World Resource Institute