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Hawaii residents are spending more than three times as much on imported fuel than they were a decade ago, state data shows.
But total fossil fuel use and emissions have come down during that same period.
That’s just some of the info you can quickly glean from a new online dashboard that Gov. David Ige’s administration was touting Monday.
Members of the Hawaii Green Growth partnership, including county mayors, the UH president and others, applaud the launch of a new online dashboard to track state sustainability goals, April 1.
Office of the Governor
You can also see that Hawaii is on track to reduce total fossil fuel use to below the 2008 level and increase total clean energy to 70 percent by 2030.
Ige, the four county mayors, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, University of Hawaii and Hawaii Green Growth launched the Aloha+ Challenge dashboard last week. It features indicators for two of six targets — clean energy and solid waste reduction — that were set, according to a release from the governor’s office Monday.
Indicators for the four remaining Aloha+ Challenge targets — local food, natural resource management, smart sustainable communities, and green workforce and education — are expected to be complete by 2017.
“As a new initiative, we are spearheading a statewide Sustainable Transportation Committee to form partnerships and fund projects in support of clean energy and sustainable communities,” Ige said in the release.
“I will continue to work closely with the mayors, OHA, state legislature, UH and other partners to make progress on the Aloha+ Challenge in the next four years,” he said. “My administration prioritizes government transparency and accountability. The Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard will provide key data to the public and decision makers on how the state and counties are measuring up as we work towards 2030.”
Here are the goals:
Clean Energy: 70 percent clean energy (40 percent from renewables, 30 percent from efficiency)
Local Food: At least double local food production (20 to 30 percent of food consumed is grown locally)
Natural Resource Management: Reverse the trend of natural resource loss mauka to makai by increasing freshwater security, watershed protection, community-based marine management, invasive species control and restoration of native species
Waste Reduction: Reduce the solid waste stream prior to disposal by 70% through source reduction, recycling, bioconversion and landfill diversion methods
Smart Sustainable Communities: Increase livability and resilience in the built environment through planning and implementation at the state and county levels
Green Workforce and Education: Increase local green jobs and education to implement these targets
Check out the Aloha+ Challenge dashboard, which includes links to the raw data, here.
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