The secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Ian Bowles, has announced that the state will take on the goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2020. The plan, called the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan, goes on to target an 80 percent reduction by 2050.
The state has outlined how it will achieve the reductions by setting emissions goals in four different areas: buildings (9.8 percent reduction), electricity supply (7.7 percent reduction), transportation (7.6 percent reduction) and non-energy emissions (2 percent reduction).
Many state programs are already in place that will start making improvements in those areas, like an energy rating system for buildings and investments for retrofits, clean energy standards for utility companies requiring them to favor renewable energy, fuel efficiency standards and incentives for hybrid and electric cars, and in the non-energy area, programs for combating things like leaking refrigerants.
written by Matt, January 05, 2011
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