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.

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
background information
from the 2020 Plan)
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
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.
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.