GHG Emissions, Regulation - March 29, 2021
Mass. Climate Legislation to Reduce GHG Emissions
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on March 26 signed comprehensive climate change legislation that commits to achieve net zero emissions in 2050 and moves the Commonwealth forward in its efforts to combat climate change and protect vulnerable communities.
The new law, Senate Bill 9 - An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy, establishes new interim goals for emissions reductions, significantly increases protections for Environmental Justice communities across Massachusetts, authorizes the Administration to implement a new, voluntary energy-efficient building code for municipalities, and allows the Commonwealth to procure an additional 2,400 Megawatts (MW) of clean, reliable offshore wind energy by 2027.
“Climate change is an urgent challenge that requires action, and this legislation will reduce emissions in Massachusetts for decades to come while also ensuring the Commonwealth remains economically competitive,” said Governor Charlie Baker in a statement. "We are proud to have worked closely with the Legislature to produce bipartisan legislation that will advance clean energy sources and secure a healthy, livable environment for future generations.”
“The legislation signed today is supported by a comprehensive, science-based analysis with significant stakeholder input that took place over a two-year period, culminating with the Administration’s 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap and Clean Energy and Climate Plan,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to achieving our climate goals in an equitable manner that protects our most vulnerable residents, and this legislation includes important new provisions to ensure that our environmental justice communities no longer bear an undue burden of environmental pollution.”