Energy and Climate Change
Energy and climate change issues are at the core of ELM's policy advocacy work. ELM work to defend and strengthen policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase local, renewable energy options for Massachusetts customers, along with our partners in the Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP).
A diversified energy portfolio will keep energy dollars in our state, create local jobs, and protect Massachusetts residents by minimizing the risks of climate change. Although climate change is a global challenge, our energy investments on the state level represent some of the most important decisions in protecting our communities from climate change. Investments made today will either lock us into fossil fuel infrastructure or create a viable pathway to meeting our emissions reductions requirements under the Global Warming Solutions Act.
The Green Communities Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act
Massachusetts has achieved significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as a result of the Green Communities Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act. These laws have created local economic opportunities through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. ELM, along with the members of the Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP), monitors the state's progress on reducing emissions and investing in local energy resources.
According to the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) Massachusetts is required to reduce GHG emissions by 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Massachusetts can meet these goals, but it will require bold and sustained policy action in communities across the state. See the GWSA Scorecard for an update on our state's progress and our policy recommendations.
A summary of the Green Communities Act from the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF).
Read more on Green Communities here.