PADEP Issues Climate Change Action Plan
On October 9, 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released its Climate Change Action Plan (the "Plan") for public comment. The Plan, which was prepared pursuant to the Climate Change Act of 2008 (Act 70), identifies 52 specific recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions in Pennsylvania. The recommendations were reviewed and approved by a majority of the Climate Change Advisory Committee ("CCAC"), a 21 member advisory panel that was established by Act 70. The recommendations impact several business sectors of Pennsylvania including waste, agriculture, forestry, transportation, industry, residential/commercial, electricity generation, transmission and distribution.
If implemented, the recommendations are projected to reduce GHG emissions in Pennsylvania by 36 percent by 2020 as compared to GHG emissions in 2000. This projected reduction would exceed the non-binding, aspirational target established by the CCAC of a 30 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2020, as compared to 2000 levels.
The public comment period on the Plan closed on November 9, 2009. The CCAC reviewed the public comments from November 19 to December 4, 2009 and the final action plan was delivered to the Governor’s Office, Legislature, and the public on December 18, 2009.