Massachusetts outlines plan for zero emissions by 2050

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Monday, January 4, 2021

The plan came in two reports issued Wednesday by the administration of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker — the Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap Report and an interim 2030 Clean Energy and Climate Plan.

The reports detail policies and strategies to cost effectively reduce emissions and combat climate change.

As part of the plan, state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides set an interim 2030 statewide emissions limit of 45% below 1990 levels.

“The people of Massachusetts are experiencing record droughts, increased risk of wildfire, severe weather, and flooding in our coastal communities,” Baker said in a statement. “The costly impacts of climate change are on display in the Commonwealth, making it critical that we take action.”

The goal of what the state calls a first-in-the-nation road map is designed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 affordably while maintaining a thriving economy.