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EBC Climate Change Program: Massachusetts Climate Change Update – Implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act
May 1, 2013 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
The effects of Superstorm Sandy, record high temperatures in 2012 and enduring drought provide daily reminders that our climate is changing. The Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) of 2008 mandates an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2050, and an interim target of between 10-25% by 2020. In December 2010, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs published the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 and set the 2020 limit at a 25% reduction in GHG emissions. Achieving these goals presents business opportunities and challenges. EEA Secretary Sullivan has convened an Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) that is advising the Patrick Administration on implementation of the GWSA and how to achieve its goals. Come hear about the GWSA, Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020, and the IAC’s recent developments, including the specific subcommittees’ activities.
This program was originally scheduled for February 8, 2013. Programs in March and April began the discussion of climate change adaptation (originally scheduled to follow this program). The March 5th program focused on Vulnerability Assessments and Preparedness Planning and the April 11th program discussed Planning for Resiliency.
Ruth H. Silman
Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
- Steven Clarke, Assistant Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- Aisling Eilis O’Shea, Global Warming Solutions Manager, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- C. Adam Schlosser, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, Center for Global Change Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The electricity for this EBC event has been matched with 100% local wind power through New England Wind, a program of Mass Energy Consumers Alliance. You can green your electricity too! Visit www.massenergy.org.