Massachusetts Sets Aggressive Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goal for 2020

December 29, 2010

Massachusetts has set a 2020 goal of reducing its statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limit to 25% below its 1990 levels. That target is the maximum authorized by state law. Officials said on December 29, 2010 that a portfolio of additional policies in the state's "Clean Energy and Climate Plan" will allow the Bay State to reach the target. The Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Deval Patrick in August 2008, mandates the reduction of GHG emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, and requires the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to set a legally enforceable GHG emissions limit for 2020 of between 10% and 25% below 1990 levels by January 1, 2011. See the Massachusetts' press release and the state's Clean Energy and Climate Plan PDF.