Interim Clean Energy and Climate Report for 2030
The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) sets out a series of requirements for how the Commonwealth is to achieve emissions reductions by mid-century. The GWSA requires EEA to set emissions limits every 10 years, together with implementation plans to achieve them. In setting those limits, the Secretary of EEA is to both ensure that the limit maximizes the Commonwealth’s ability to meet its 2050 limit and consider the feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and enforceability of GHG reductions measures, along with their co-benefits, for achieving said limit. The 2030 CECP builds upon the 2010 publication of the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 (2020 CECP), as well as the 2015 Update to the 2020 CECP (Updated 2020 CECP).
EEA hosted two public webinars on the Interim 2030 CECP. (details below). Comments given during the meeting were recorded and are being considered with the other public comments on the Interim 2030 CECP. :
- Slides from March CECP Public Webinar: 2030 Interim CECP March Public Webinar Slides
- Recording for Interim 2030 CECP Webinar #1 (English), Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 3-4:30pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYcKlu31dMk
- Recording for Interim 2030 CECP Webinar #2 (English), Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:30-8pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6ZQzFtaf2c
2030 CECP Development
To inform the setting of the 2030 emissions limit, the development of the 2030 CECP, and help the Commonwealth meet the ambitious Net Zero by 2050 emissions limit, EEA commissioned a large research effort analyzing pathways to cost effectively and equitably achieve net zero over the next 30 years. EEA’s 2050 Roadmap study commenced in July of 2019, focusing on the necessary transformations in how we heat our buildings, power our vehicles, and generate and supply electricity to significantly reduce emissions. The study also looked at other sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and assessed how much emissions our natural and working lands can potentially remove in 2050. Additionally, the study analyzed the economic and health impacts of achieving net-zero emissions. These findings have been published as part of the 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap report as well as several accompanying technical reports. Please visit www.mass.gov/2050Roadmap for more information and the full reports.
While the 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap focuses on the long-range analysis of statewide transition to net-zero emissions, the 2030 CECP provides details on the necessary strategies, policies, and actions to reduce emissions in the next 10 years.
To help ensure an equitable and strategic transition towards Net Zero, EEA worked with stakeholders across the Commonwealth to ensure that development of the 2030 CECP is an inclusive policy planning effort.
EEA has been convening the GWSA Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) since 2012 as a primary public body for advising EEA on greenhouse gas reduction measures. The IAC has several Work Groups, including Climate Justice, Buildings, Natural and Working Lands, Transportation, and Electricity. In 2019 and 2020, the IAC and associated Work Groups contributed policy recommendations and guiding principles towards the development of the 2030 CECP. The Climate Justice Work Group, in particular, provided a memo on February 26 2020 and on August 7 2020. These recommendations and principles, in addition to the policy evaluation criteria in the GWSA, were important considerations in the development of policies for the 2030 CECP.
In addition to engagement with the IAC, EEA seeks the public's feedback on the Interim 2030 CECP before its finalization. The necessary transformations to achieve Net Zero in 2050 touch lives across the Commonwealth, and the actions in the next decade are critical to ensure a least cost, strategic, and equitable transformation. We hope you can join or participate in the following opportunities for public comment.
December 7,2020: Virtual public meeting on the process and timeline of the 2050 Roadmap Study and 2030 CECP. (recording and links at www.mass.gov/2050Roadmap)
December 30, 2020: Interim 2030 CECP posted here. Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030
January 7, 2021: Comment period opens for the Interim 2030 CECP
March 9 and 15, 2021: Public webinar listening sessions held
March 22, 2021: Public comments due on Interim 2030 CECP
2021: Final 2030 CECP posted here
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2030 Emissions Limit
The 2030 emissions limit was set on December 30, 2020, in accordance with Executive Order 569. 2030 GHG Emissions Limit Letter of Determination
Feedback and Resources
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