Cross-Sector Policies

Progress toward 2020 GHG Emissions Reduction Limit.

Massachusetts has adopted several policies which address procurement of energy savings; these are primarily quantified in the All Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency policy. In addition to promoting building energy efficiency, these policies also impact electricity supply, transportation, and non-energy emissions. Given that these are state actions that drive clean energy adoption across multiple sectors, and in order to avoid double-counting with those sector policies, they are grouped as Cross-Sector Policies.

MEPA GHG Policy and Protocol

  • The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) works with the private sector to reduce pollution, including GHGs, during and after large construction and development projects. Since 2009, almost 100 projects that have gone through the MEPA process have committed to abating nearly 200,000 tons of GHG emissions per year.

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Leading By Example

  • The Commonwealth has been working diligently to reduce GHG emissions from its own buildings and vehicle fleets, resulting in a saving of more than 300,000 metric tons of GHG in Fiscal Year 2015. For more information, check out the Commonwealth’s Leading By Example Progress Dashboard

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Green Communities

  • Since its inception, over 150 cities and towns in Massachusetts have earned the Green Community designation. In 2016, 47 communities were granted a total of more than $9.5 million for energy efficiency projects.

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