Progress toward 2020 GHG Emissions Reduction Goal

Greenhouse gas emissions from the Transportation Sector overall have fallen since their peak in 2005.  However, they remain higher than 1990 levels, well above the 7.6% below 1990 level anticipated from Clean Energy and Climate Plan (CECP) policies.  While progress can be tracked for policies related to clean vehicles and fuels, a lack of data (which the Committee is working to resolve) precludes tracking other policies including those related to reducing driving via better development patterns.

Strategy (with link to
background information
from the 2020 Plan)
Federal and California Vehicle Efficiency and GHG Standards for Light Duty Vehicles pdf format of    fed-ca-standards-light-duty.pdf   High Policies reliant on Federal standards & MA adoption of CA standards remain on track to produce expected GHG reductions.
Federal Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles pdf format of    fed-standards-heavy-duty.pdf   HighPolicies reliant on Federal standards & MA adoption of CA standards remain on track to produce expected GHG reductions.
Federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and Regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) pdf format of    rfs-lcfs.pdf  Medium for RFS, Low for LCFSAlthough some progress has been made, estimated GHG reductions from the federal RFS program for MA are likely to be lower than estimated. The Regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard is on hold. Despite favorable resolution of CA lawsuit, Regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard not making progress.
Clean Car Consumer Incentives pdf format of    clean-cars.pdf   MediumStrategy replaced with MA Electric Vehicle Initiative . Task Force convened, incentive program created, grants provided for vehicles & charging stations.  Originally intended incentives untenable.  Supplemental strategy working effectively in lieu.  GHG benefits realized vs. forecast in CECP not known.
Pay As You Drive (PAYD) Auto Insurance pdf format of    payd.pdf  (pilot program, possible expansion later) LowStudy to measure how financial incentives impact MA Motorists’ driving habits announced after long delay.  Strategy unlikely to realize anticipated GHG reductions. 
GreenDOT pdf format of    green-dot.pdf   MediumImplementation Plan issued.  MassDOT Divisions incorporating Tasks & Indicators into work plans, including goal of tripling foot, transit, and bike travel.  Healthy Transportation Directive issued speeding implementation.The State Smart Transportation Initiative is assisting MassDOT in developing and implementing metrics to track implementation of GHG reduction measures.
Smart Growth Policy Package pdf format of    smart-growth.pdf  file size 1MB (includes Sustainable Development Principles) MediumCommon Vision for Growth pdf format of    Common Vision for Growth  issued by EEA, EOHED, & MassDOT to guide planning & investment.  Regional planning efforts progressing. While good policies are in place progress toward land use & GHG goals unknown due to lack of data. Funding is being pursued to gather land use/land cover data necessary to measure the efficacy of land use and tree retention policies.

Supplemental Strategies for GHG Emissions Reduction

Supplemental StrategyPotential for GHG Emissions ReductionsNotes
Clean/Electric Vehicle Incentives, Fleet and Individual pdf format of    transportation-clean-vehicle-in.pdf  ModerateOn Earth Day 2013, the Patrick-Murray Administration launched the $2.5 million dollar Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program .
Increase Vehicle Efficiency through Tire Inflation pdf format of    transportation-tire-inflation.pdf  SmallThis policy is still in the “idea” stage.  Action has not been taken on this potential supplemental policy.
Planning Ahead for Growth pdf format of    transportation-planning-ahead.pdf  ModerateIn June 2013, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and MassDOT issued a Common Vision for Growth pdf format of    Common Vision for Growth  embracing the MA Sustainable Development Principles and the Planning Ahead approach.
Transportation Funding: To advance transportation and land use policies identified in the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 pdf format of    transportation-funding.pdf  ModerateThe Administration released a proposal for the next generation of transportation investment in the Commonwealth: The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan and budget proposals to meet the needs identified in this plan. The House and Senate both provided additional funding in their budget, but not in the amount proposed by the Governor.