The report focuses on non-fossil fuel driven energy and economic development strategies in six major regions of the country. For the Atlantic Coast, it recommends extending the production and investment tax credits and continuing the commitment to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM's) Smart from the Start initiative.
The Executive Order establishes the Governor's Commission on Climate Change to prepare a climate change action plan for Virginia that identifies the additional steps needed to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 30% by 2025, as recommended in the 2007 Virginia Energy Plan.
Chapter 5 outlines specific policy recommendations for reducing the vulnerability of the state’s natural and cultural resources and communities to the impacts of climate change, with an initial focus on sea level rise and coastal hazards.
The report offers 56 policy recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Full adoption and implementation of all the recommendations is estimated to reduce GHG emissions by 47%, to within 1% of 1990 levels.
The presentation illustrates trends and relationships of New Jersey's fuel sources, end uses, prices, and economic and environmental impacts over time.
In aggregate, policies outlined in the Plan, which include measures put in place since 2007 and new initiatives, are projected to achieve emissions reductions in the range of 18 percent to 33 percent by 2020. These policies include energy efficiency programs, advanced building codes, requirements for increased renewable electricity generation, federal vehicle efficiency standards, state incentives for purchasing more efficient vehicles, incentives to reduce vehicle miles traveled, and smart growth policies. Through both direct and indirect impacts, these policies are projected to create an estimated 42,000 to 48,000 jobs in Massachusetts by 2020.
Chapter 2 is an assessment of the likely consequences of recent and likely climate changes in Maryland. Changes in temperature and precipitation were projected through the 21st century. In order to estimate the degree of climate change in Maryland that could be avoided by actions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHGs), two emissions scenarios were employed. The higher emissions scenario assumes continued growth in global emissions throughout the century, while the lower emissions scenario assumes slower growth, a peak at mid-century, and thereafter a decline to about 40 per cent of present levels by the end of the century.
Chapter 3 highlights the economic impacts of climate change in Maryland, including impairment of coastal development and transportation infrastructure, and tourism, agriculture, and health-related economic losses.
The Introduction describes the process by which the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) developed the Climate Action Plan.