Sunday, January 19, 2020

Massachusetts looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Massachusetts’ governor's office recently filed draft regulations with the secretary of state to establish an integrated plan to address climate change through efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Climate change presents a serious threat to the environment, our communities and our economy,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “With these proposed regulations, the commonwealth is ensuring that we both meet the rigorous emission reductions limits established in the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) and continue to protect public health and safety, infrastructure, communities, small businesses, and our state’s abundant natural resources from the effects of climate change.”

Under the GWSA, the state must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent of their 1990 levels by 2020. The draft regulations include setting carbon dioxide emission limits for the state’s fleet of passenger vehicles, reducing methane emissions from natural gas distribution and implementing a clean energy standard.

“As cities and towns continue to fight the effects of climate change, it will be critical for us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. “We welcome the proposed rules and look forward to the opportunity for public comments and questions to make sure that our approach to this important issue incorporates local input.”

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