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Paris Climate Accord

Howard County joins Paris Agreement on climate change, commits to renewable energy goals

Howard County joins Paris Agreement on climate change, commits to renewable energy goals

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Tuesday that the county would join the Paris Agreement, an international agreement between nations and localities on standards related to climate change.

Signing the agreement means the county will have to obtain 20 percent the power needed for local government operations from renewable sources, reduce petroleum fuel consumption in the county’s fleet by 20 percent and reduce energy use of facilities by 25 percent, according to a county press release.

The county will aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of government operations by 45 percent below 2010 levels by the year 2030 and reach zero emissions by 2050. The county said it...

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