Climate Action

Each stage of a product’s life cycle – from raw materials extraction to manufacturing, transportation, use, and “end-of-life” management – consumes fossil fuels and results in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While many analyses of greenhouse gases from materials and products focus only on the waste management component, a full life accounting of GHG emissions associated with the production and use of products and materials shows that that they represent roughly 35 to 46 percent of the GHG emissions in the U.S. The NEWMOA-member state programs believe that the serious threat of global warming to the planet’s climate justifies action to minimize these impacts now.

NEWMOA and it’s partners are working to raise awareness of the climate impacts of consumption and develop strategies to mitigate these impacts, including: