Progress toward 2020 GHG Emissions Reduction Goal

The Clean Energy and Climate Plan includes 4 strategies grouped in Non-Energy Emissions that together are estimated to contribute 2.0% of greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2020.  Because motor vehicle air conditioning emission reductions are addressed in MassDEP’s Low Emission Vehicle regulations, that strategy is reported on in the Transportation subcommittee.  SF6 emission reduction is going forward through a MassDEP regulation that went through public comment and hearing in summer 2013; the final regulation is under internal review.  Plastics Combustion reduction is occurring through a suite of activities under MassDEP’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and is on track. Refrigerant Management was explored through meetings with technically-knowledgeable and potentially-affected stakeholders, and a draft regulation is undergoing internal review.


Strategy (with link to
background information
from the 2020 Plan)
Stationary Equipment Refrigerant Management pdf format of    refrigerant.pdf  HighDraft  regulation under review
Reducing SF6 Emissions from Gas-Insulated Switchgear pdf format of    sf6.pdf  HighFinal regulation under review
Reducing GHG Emissions from Plastics pdf format of    plastics.pdf  MediumTriennial materials characterization studies will allow us to assess progress on this strategy.


Supplemental Strategies for GHG Emissions Reduction

Supplemental StrategyPotential for GHG Emissions ReductionsNotes
Reduce Emissions from the Natural Gas Distribution Network pdf format of    non-energy-gas-distribution-network.pdf  UnknownA 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 pdf format of    non-energy-sf6-supp-strategy.pdf  SmallMassDEP 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.