Progress toward 2020 GHG Emissions Reduction Goal
Progress Compared to GHG Emissions in the State
GHG emissions from industrial processes, agriculture, and waste have decreased below Business-As-Usual (BAU) projections since 2010. The main reason for this decline is the stabilized non-CO2 gas emissions from Industrial Processes. There is a gap between the actual “Other” GHG emissions (solid line) and the emissions level attributed to Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 (“2020 Plan”) strategies (dotted line), because intermittent availability of data sources has not allowed quantification of reductions for this sector.
2020 Plan Strategies for GHG Emissions Reduction
|Strategy (with link to|
from the 2020 Plan)
|Stationary Equipment Refrigerant Management||High||Draft regulation under review|
|Reducing SF6 Emissions from Gas-Insulated Switchgear||High||Final regulation under review|
|Reducing GHG Emissions from Plastics||Medium||Triennial materials characterization studies will allow us to assess progress on this strategy.|
Supplemental Strategies for GHG Emissions Reduction
|Supplemental Strategy||Potential for GHG Emissions Reductions||Notes|
|Reduce Emissions from the Natural Gas Distribution Network||Unknown||A study is underway to help quantify lost or unaccounted for natural gas, and to identify methods and procedures to reduce methane emissions. The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) awarded a 9-month contract (with the possibility of a 6-month extension) to ICF in October 2013, to assist DPU with this work.|
|Reduce Fluorinated Gas Emissions from the Semiconductor Industry||Small||MassDEP is developing a survey to solicit needed information from semiconductor manufacturers on their current operations and emissions control equipment, and is reaching out to industry associations for feedback.|
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