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May 12, 2004

Massachusetts to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney unveiled a comprehensive Climate Protection Plan for the state on May 6th, committing the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through measures such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. The state has pledged to cut its energy use enough to cut greenhouse gas emissions at state facilities by 25 percent by 2012, and will purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles and energy-efficient office equipment for its facilities. In addition, Massachusetts will improve its efficiency standards, encourage the construction of "green" buildings, encourage the development of renewable energy, and implement California's Low Emission Vehicle program to reduce emissions from vehicles in the state.

The state aims to form partnerships with public and private entities in Massachusetts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2010, with an additional 10 percent reduction by 2020. To allow flexibility in meeting those goals, the state plans to develop a market for earning and trading greenhouse gas emissions credits within the state. See the governor's announcement or go directly to the full Climate Protection Plan (PDF 852 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.