MA Global Warming Solutions Act
Update on Progress & Plans
Aisling O’Shea, GWSA Manager
Executive Office of Energy and Env...
What is Massachusetts Doing to
Address Climate Change?
—  Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), 2008
§  Greenhouse gas ( ...
Climate Preparedness/
Adaptation
—  Climate Adaptation Report, 2011- recommendations to
address  community, infrastructur...
Global Warming Solutions Act
(GWSA)
GWSA 2050 Limit:
80% below 1990 Emissions
(a 76 MMTCO2e reduction)
Comparable to the G...
MA Clean Energy and Climate Plan
Progress on GHG reduction strategies and the 2020
Limit
25% GHG Emissions reduction by 2020 (compared to 1990 baseline
lev...
Major Accomplishments 2008-2013
—  MA Ranked #1 for state energy efficiency
programs - 3rd year in a row (ACEEE 2013)
— ...
Highlights 2012/2013
—  RGGI states approve a 45% reduction in the
regional CO2 budget
—  Coordinated regional procureme...
123 Green Communities
December 2013
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and
Economic Growth 1990-2011
Massachusetts GHG emissions down 11% from 1990 levels
Recommendations for
the next 5 years
Focus on VMT,
fuels and land
use
Accelerate
GreenDOT
Pursue
supplemental
strategies
D...
www.mass.gov/eea/gwsa
Aisling O’Shea
Global Warming Solutions Manager
aisling.o’shea@state.ma.us
(617) 626-1024
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  1. 1. MA Global Warming Solutions Act Update on Progress & Plans Aisling O’Shea, GWSA Manager Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs April 17, 2014
  2. 2. What is Massachusetts Doing to Address Climate Change? —  Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), 2008 §  Greenhouse gas ( GHG) reporting requirements and GHG emissions inventory §  Established limits of 25% emission reductions by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (reductions from 1990 baseline levels), and plans to achieve GHG limits —  Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 §  December 2010 plan identifies 27 strategies for climate mitigation §  Implementation & progress evaluation underway §  Policies and programs for Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Transportation, Land Use and Smart Growth. —  GWSA 5-Year Progress Report (2008-2013) §  December 31, 2013 www.mass.gov/env/gwsa
  3. 3. Climate Preparedness/ Adaptation —  Climate Adaptation Report, 2011- recommendations to address  community, infrastructure, and ecosystem resilience to climate change —  Climate Preparedness, Jan 2014 - Governor announces $50 million investment to strengthen energy infrastructure, green infrastructure and other adaptation initiatives —  DOER’s “Energy Resiliency for Climate Adaptation Initiative” $40 million in grants for communities to harden energy services at critical facilities using clean technology  —  Coastal Infrastructure and Dam Repair - $10 million investment, up to $1.3 million in grants for communities through MA CZM “Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Pilot Grants Program —  Vulnerability assessments, sea-level rise scenario analysis and other adaptation-related projects also underway at state agencies
  4. 4. Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) GWSA 2050 Limit: 80% below 1990 Emissions (a 76 MMTCO2e reduction) Comparable to the GHG emissions from combustion of diesel fuel needed to drive a tractor trailer from Boston to Pittsfield 7 million times GWSA 2020 Limit 25% below 1990 Emissions (a 24 MMT CO2e reduction) Comparable to the GHG emissions from lifetime energy savings (heating and cooling) associated with planting 48 million trees near buildings.
  5. 5. MA Clean Energy and Climate Plan
  6. 6. Progress on GHG reduction strategies and the 2020 Limit 25% GHG Emissions reduction by 2020 (compared to 1990 baseline levels) 5.8% 6.7% 2.1% 1.0% 3.2% 5.1% 1.0% 0.0% 2.0% 4.0% 6.0% 8.0% 10.0% 12.0% Buildings, Energy Efficiency, and Demand-Side Management Energy Generation and Distribution Transportation and Smart Growth/ Land Use Non-Energy Emissions GHGEmissionsReductionasPercentageof1990Level Quantified in CCPMS Likely by 2020 Potential by 2020 15.7% 9.2% 0.0% 5.0% 10.0% 15.0% 20.0% 25.0% 30.0% All Sectors GHGEmissionsReductionasPercentageof1990Level 9.8 % 7.7 % 2.0% 7.6% 27.1%
  7. 7. Major Accomplishments 2008-2013 —  MA Ranked #1 for state energy efficiency programs - 3rd year in a row (ACEEE 2013) —  Net benefit $4 billion (2010-2012 plan) in cost- effective energy efficiency savings —  Investments in GHG measurement, reporting & verification systems (CarbonCountsTM & Dashboard) —  Solar PV: from 3MW to 347 MW (5yr) —  Wind energy: from 3MW to 120MW (5yr) —  Clean energy sector (~80,000 workers, Aug 2013)
  8. 8. Highlights 2012/2013 —  RGGI states approve a 45% reduction in the regional CO2 budget —  Coordinated regional procurement for renewables —  MassDEP proposes new regulations for SF6 —  MEPA updates GHG Emissions Policy and Protocol —  MassDOT initiative to triple bike/walk/transit travel —  MassElectric Vehicle Incentive Program Launched —  Inter-Secretarial Common Vision for Growth
  9. 9. 123 Green Communities December 2013
  10. 10. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Economic Growth 1990-2011 Massachusetts GHG emissions down 11% from 1990 levels
  11. 11. Recommendations for the next 5 years Focus on VMT, fuels and land use Accelerate GreenDOT Pursue supplemental strategies Deliver full energy efficiency potential Expand access to clean energy resources Ø Continue to invest in information systems Ø Increase pace of GWSA implementation
  12. 12. www.mass.gov/eea/gwsa Aisling O’Shea Global Warming Solutions Manager aisling.o’shea@state.ma.us (617) 626-1024

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