Religious Witness for the Earth

The Climate Change Action Plan

In August 2001, the New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers adopted a resolution and an action plan to begin the process of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our region.

The resolution was adopted at the annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Waterside, Connecticut. Participating states are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Participating provinces are Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.

The Climate Change Action Plan includes measures to expand energy efficiency in the region by increasing the use of renewable energy and decreasing the impact of transportation. It also sets the groundwork for exploring a regional system of trading emission credits for greenhouse gases, basic inventory work, and a series of energy improvements for state facilities.

The action plan sets a short-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2010, and sets a mid-term goal of reducing the emissions to at least 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. The plan's long-term goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the level required to avoid any harmful impact on the climate, currently assessed to be 75 to 85 percent below current levels.


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