Climate Action Plan (Maryland)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Maryland|
|Name||Climate Action Plan (Maryland)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Climate Policies|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy|
|Implementing Sector|| State/Province
|Primary Website|| http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Air/ClimateChange/Pages/Air/climatechange/index.aspx
|Last Review|| 2014-09-15
|Information Source|| http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Air/ClimateChange/Pages/Air/climatechange/index.aspx
Center for Climate Strategies: http://www.climatestrategies.us/policy_tracker/policy/index/21, EPA Climate and Energy Page: http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/state/tracking/individual/md.html
On April 20, 2007, Governor Martin O’Malley signed Executive Order 01.01.2007.07 establishing the Maryland Climate Change Commission (MCCC) charged with collectively developing an action plan to address the causes of climate change, prepare for the likely consequences and impacts of climate change to Maryland, and establish firm benchmarks and timetables for implementing the Commission’s recommendations.
The Commission included members representing academia, business, industry, environmental groups and many levels of government. It was staffed jointly by the Maryland Department of the Environment and Department of Natural Resources in coordination with other state agencies.
One of the Plan’s policy recommendations, to adopt science-based regulatory goals to reduce Maryland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, was realized with the passage of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009 (GGRA). The law requires Maryland to reduce its GHG emissions to 25 percent below 2006 levels by 2020. It directs the Maryland Department of the Environment to work with other lead State agencies to prepare an implementation plan to meet this goal as a first step toward achieving longer term science-based reductions. An interim plan will be submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly during the 2012 legislative session, and the final plan (GGRA Plan) will be submitted on or before December 31, 2012.
|Contact Name||George S Aburn|
|Department||Maryland Department of Natural Resources|
|Division|| Air and Radiation Management Administration
|Contact Name||Donald Boesch|
|Department|| University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science