The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is committed to preparing for and combatting climate change. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is coordinating with other Secretariats and state agencies to continue the Baker-Polito Administration’s nation-leading efforts to reduce emissions, and utilize a comprehensive approach to further mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; safeguard residents, municipalities, and businesses from the impacts of climate change; and build a more resilient Commonwealth.
Learn more about the Commonwealth’s climate change programs, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative (RGGI).
- From historic droughts, to the winter of 2015, and coastal and inland flooding, climate change threatens the Commonwealth’s environment, residents, communities, and economy. Combatting and preparing for the impacts of climate change will require a holistic approach across state and local government and collaboration with stakeholders from all corners of the state. Across the Commonwealth, important steps are being taken to protect public health and safety, local infrastructure, small businesses, and our state’s abundant natural resources from the effects of climate change.
The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), signed in August of 2008, created a framework for reducing heat-trapping emissions to levels that scientists believe give us a reasonable chance of avoiding the worst effects of global warming. It requires reductions in GHG emissions from each sector of the economy summing to a total reduction of 25% below the 1990 baseline emission level in 2020 and at least an 80% reduction in 2050. This dashboard offers insights into the Commonwealth’s progress towards the goals of the GWSA.
The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) builds on Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569, as well as other administration-led state and local partnerships, and will provide communities with technical support, climate change data, and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience.
The Climate Change Clearinghouse (CCC) is a gateway for policymakers, local planners, and the public to identify and access climate data, maps, websites, tools, and documents relevant to climate change adaptation and mitigation across Massachusetts. This website supports scientifically sound and cost-effective decision-making and enables users to plan and prepare for climate change impacts. Users can find information in multiple ways, including through interactive tools that use data from different sources.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs are developing a fully integrated, innovative, and actionable State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan. The integrated plan will address the Commonwealth’s federally mandated hazard mitigation plan requirements and result in a first- of- its- kind statewide climate adaptation plan, while empowering state agencies to tactically and effectively achieve multiple risk management objectives.
- This report, prepared by EEA and the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee, is the first broad overview of climate change as it affects Massachusetts, the impacts of this change, vulnerabilities of multiple sectors ranging from natural resources, infrastructure, public health, and the economy. It also provides analysis of potential strategies that could better prepare us for this changing world
- The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 requires the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to establish a statewide limit on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of between 10 percent and 25 percent below 1990 levels for 2020 -- on the way toward an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050 -- along with a plan to achieve the 2020 target. The Secretary has set that 2020 limit at 25 percent -- and this Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 contains the measures necessary to meet the limit.
- RGGI is a cooperative effort by Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change. Learn about MA RGGI from the Department of Environmental Protection.
The Leading by Example (LBE) Program was created by Executive Order No. 484 and sets aggressive targets for facilities owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding greenhouse gas emission reductions, energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, green buildings, and water conservation.