- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Releases Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030
Troy Wall, Communications Director
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today released the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030 (2025/2030 CECP), which provides a comprehensive and wide ranging approach to achieve a 33 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2025, a 50 percent reduction in 2030, and to maximize the Commonwealth’s ability to achieve Net Zero in 2050. The 2025/2030 CECP development was informed by the 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap that the Administration released in December 2020, along with updated analyses, and offers key strategies, policies, and actions that are outlined in the plan that will put the Commonwealth on a pathway to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions. The Administration also announced the Commonwealth achieved the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions limit of 25 percent below the 1990 level with estimated emissions of 31.4 percent below the 1990 level in 2020.
“The Clean Energy and Climate Plan is a comprehensive and balanced plan that will serve as a guide for Massachusetts as we work to achieve ambitious emissions goals and reach Net Zero in 2050 in an equitable and affordable manner,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We were pleased to work together with key stakeholders and members of the public to create this approach as we move towards decarbonizing the state’s energy system though these policies and strategies.”
“Communities across the state will benefit from the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030 as we aim to reduce emissions and take meaningful action against climate change here in the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Massachusetts’ ambitious emissions goals presents us with a great opportunity to build a healthier, more resilient state that will directly benefit residents and businesses now and well into the future.”
The 2025/2030 CECP outlines the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ comprehensive plan to achieve aggressive emissions reduction. The plan is rooted in the understanding that climate change poses a unique and potentially irreversible threat, and it underscores the Commonwealth’s collective action plan for a 2050 future in which the heat in homes, power in vehicles, and the electric grid can all operate with a minimum reliance on fossil fuels. Additionally, the plan highlights that natural and working lands need to be protected, better managed, and restored to enhance carbon sequestration. The plan also emphasizes the confidence that Massachusetts can lead in the clean energy transition, which will deliver more well-paying jobs, improved public health, reduced consumer costs, and provide better quality of life for all residents.
“Massachusetts continues to be a leader in taking climate action. While achieving our ambitious emissions goals and reaching Net Zero in 2050 will require hard work and collaboration across all sectors of the economy, we believe the Commonwealth is up to the challenge,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. “The Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030 establishes an unprecedented strategy that will improve key sectors, such as transportation and buildings, while ensuring an equitable transition with a focus on environmental justice areas that will guide us into a sustainable future.”
The plan highlights that Massachusetts will achieve its emissions limits and sublimits through two overarching approaches: (1) electrify non-electric energy uses; and (2) decarbonize the electricity system. In that regard, the plan aims to increase transportation and energy systems’ efficiency to reduce energy costs and the costs of transition. These principles must be pursued in parallel to successfully reach the Commonwealth’s emissions limits and sublimits. Furthermore, the 2025/2030 CECP has goals, strategies, and policies that will achieve emissions reductions in the following areas:
- Electricity Supply;
- Industrial Processes, Natural Gas Distribution, and other Non-Energy Sources of Emissions; and,
- Natural and Working Lands.
A key element of the 2025/2030 CECP is an equitable and strategic transition towards Net Zero. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) worked with stakeholders across the Commonwealth on the plan to ensure an inclusive policy planning effort was undertaken. This included consulting with the Offices of Housing and Economic Development, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee, and the Commission on Clean Heat, hosting multiple public meetings and hearings, and reviewing over 1,200 public comments that were submitted since January 2021.
For more information regarding the 2025/2030 CECP, and the Commonwealth’s strong commitment to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050, please visit EEA’s Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030 webpage.