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Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan was released in spring 2004 as an initial step in a coordinated effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and improve energy efficiency - two inseparably linked goals. It presents a comprehensive set of near-term actions that will protect the climate, reduce pollution, cut energy demand, and nurture job growth through the development of sustainable energy resources and advanced technologies. The Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan focuses on a range of strategies to achieve significant near-term reductions in GHG emissions. These strategies give priority to pollution reductions that are compatible with economic growth - measures that ease the transition to cleaner and less expensive energy resources, and which retain a higher proportion of the state's energy dollars within Massachusetts.

The Plan is divided into the following ten focus areas:

-Establish tough but realistic targets - the Plan establishes the following goals (consistent with those established in the NEG/ECP regional climate change plan) to benchmark progress and to allow necessary adjustments to ensure success: short term: reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2010; medium-term: reduce GHG emissions 10 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020; long term: reduce GHG emissions sufficiently to eliminate any dangerous threat to the climate (current science suggests this will require reductions as much as 75-85 percent below current levels). -Assess and communicate emissions trends

-Engage cities and towns as climate protection partners

-Work with business, industry, and institutions as climate protection partners

-Increase clean and renewable energy development and energy efficiency

-Promote energy efficient buildings

-Develop an efficient transportation system and sustainable development

-Protect natural resources as a climate strategy

Each of these focus areas has detailed actions for the state and its partners to undertake.

More Info www.mass.gov/ocd
Project Contact
Name Paul Walsh
Phone 617-556-1011
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Energy Efficiency
Industrial Sectors Energy Production
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 15 No. 1, Winter 2005 [PDF]


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