Massachusetts has long been a leader in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the Baker-Polito Administration has taken strong, bi-partisan actions to ensure we meet our commitments under the nation-leading Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 (GWSA). The MA greenhouse gas inventory shows emissions in the Commonwealth in 2014 are 21 percent below the 1990 baseline level, leaving about 4 percent remaining to achieve the GWSA emission reduction goal for 2020. Much of the reduction in emissions to date has been from cuts made in the power sector, leaving the transportation sector as the biggest opportunity for greenhouse gas emission reduction in the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts has a number of policies in the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 that are working to ensure the reduction of transportation emissions. However, further reduction is needed to position the Commonwealth to meet the GWSA emission reduction goal for 2050.
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Transportation are co-hosting 3 public listening sessions for stakeholders across Massachusetts to help identify the best state and regional policies aimed at reducing transportation sector emissions, increasing deployment of zero emission vehicles, and increasing the resilience of transportation infrastructure as the climate changes. There will also be a session focused specifically on designing transportation policy solutions with environmental justice communities in mind.