An ambitious climate change roadmap for the state strives to implement a number of initiatives to ensure Massachusetts reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85 percent by 2050 and achieves net-zero emissions.
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is undertaking a planning process to identify cost-effective and equitable strategies to ensure Massachusetts reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85 percent by 2050 and achieve net-zero emissions.
The initiatives in the roadmap include:
- A 50 percent cut in emissions by 2030;
- Requiring all new cars sold in the state o be electric by 2035;
- A net zero stretch building code that would be an option for every town;
- Retrofitting 1 million homes to use electricity for heating instead of gas and oil;
- Cutting commuters’ driving miles by 15 percent;
- Increasing offshore wind power.
Monday, the state Legislature sent An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy to the Governor’s desk for his signature. This bill:
- Writes environmental justice into Massachusetts law and provides new tools and protections for affected neighborhoods;
- Creates a first-time greenhouse gas emissions standard for municipal lighting plants and imposes a five-year moratorium on biomass;
- Allows for a local option “net-zero stretch energy code” and adds 4 energy efficiency seats to the Board of Building Regulations & Standards.