Commonwealth of Massachusetts Clean Energy & Climate Plan
The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 requires the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to establish a statewide limit on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of between 10 percent and 25 percent below 1990 levels for 2020 - on the way toward an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050 - along with a plan to achieve the 2020 target. Secretary Ian A. Bowles has set that 2020 limit at 25 percent - and this Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 contains the measures necessary to meet the limit.
While buildings are the most significant emitters of greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts, transportation is second. The Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 takes into account state and federal measures to improve vehicle efficiency reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT), increase use of lower-carbon fuels, and proposes additional measures that will contribute toward meeting the 2020 limit.
In 2012, ABC was appointed by Governor Patrick to represent commercial real estate interests on the Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee and serves on the Transportation Sub-Committee, which is responsible for prioritizing and facilitating implementation of these programs and will focus on ways to improve vehicle efficiency, moderate the growth in auto travel through providing alternatives, and promote the development and use of vehicle fuels that yield lower GHG emissions than petroleum-based fuels. Polices cited in the plan include: Federal and California Light Vehicle Efficiency and GHG Standards, Federal GHG Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Clean Car Consumer Incentives, Pay As You Drive (PAYD) Auto, Insurance Pilot, Massachusetts Sustainable Development Principles, GreenDOT and the Smart Growth Policy Package.