Maine Climate Council Updates
As part of the roll out event, the Governor and Secretary John Kerry, incoming Presidential Envoy for Climate, gave remarks stating Maine is going to lead and set an example for every other state in the Nation. Maine is committing to achieve State carbon neutrality by 2045, reduce Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The Council is also working to ensure Maine people, industries, and communities are resilient to the impacts of climate change.
The comprehensive action report proposes strategies for:
- Embracing the future of transportation in Maine by proposing to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles; increase fuel efficiency and alternative fuels; and reduce the vehicle miles traveled.
- Modernizing Maine’s buildings to be energy-efficient, smart, and cost-effective by transitioning to cleaner heating and cooling systems and efficient appliances; accelerate efficiency improvements to existing buildings; advancing the design and construction of new buildings; promoting climate-friendly building products; and lead by example in publicly funded buildings.
- Reduce carbon emissions in Maine’s energy and industrial sector through clean-energy innovation by ensuring adequate affordable clean-energy supply; initiating a stakeholder process to transform Maine’s electric power sector; accelerating emission reductions of industrial uses and processes, and encouraging highly efficient combined heat and power facilities.
- Grow Maine’s clean-energy economy and protect our natural resources industries by taking advantage of new market opportunities, and creating clean-energy jobs and businesses in Maine.
- Protect Maine’s environment and working lands and waters, promote natural climate solutions, and increase carbon sequestration.
- Build healthy and resilient communities by empowering local and regional community resilience efforts; emphasizing resilience through land-use planning and legal tools; and strengthen public-health monitoring, education and prevention.
- Invest in climate-ready infrastructure, including assessing climate vulnerability and providing climate-ready design guidance.
This is a big opportunity for the State -- the LCRPC will continue to provide updates on the Climate Council as they begin to implement the Plan for Climate Action!