What to know about Mass.’ new 2025, 2030 ‘Clean Energy and Climate Plan’ – WBUR News

by | Jul 5, 2022 | Energy

Decarbonizing the Massachusetts economy is no easy task. It involves dozens of programs, policies and other moving parts that must be deployed simultaneously.As mandated in the state’s 2021 climate law, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has spent the last year crunching numbers and looking at best practices to come up with a plan to cut emissions.It recently published a report about how the state can reach its goals for 2025 and 2030. The “Clean Energy and Climate Plan” outlines statewide targets as well as specific targets for five sectors: transportation, buildings, electricity, natural lands and a catch-all category that includes industrial activities and leaking natural gas pipelines.Here are the highlights:Statewide TargetsThe state’s goal is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. And using 1990 emissions levels as a baseline, the new climate plan sets reduction targets of 33% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.For context, in 2020, state emissions were down 31.4% from 1990 levels. However, the pandemic halted much of the region’s economy, so that figure may not be the best indicator of the state’s trajectory.A Red Line train at South Station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)TransportationTransportation accounts for 37% of greenhouse gasses in the state, making it the single largest source of emissions — not to mention the other impacts gasoline-powered vehicles have on air quality.The plan calls for the state to reduce transportation-related emissions 18% by 2025 and 34% by 2030. To meet these goals, Massachusetts will have to replace gasoline and diesel-power vehicles with electric ones and reduce the overall number of miles residents drive annually.Electric vehiclesBy 2025, the state says we need 200,000 electric vehicles [EVs] on the road and 15,000 public charging stations. By 2030, Massachusetts needs 900,000 EVs on the road and 75,000 public charging stations. With just over 51,000  …

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