Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has released a masterplan for the state that requires all cars produced and sold to be electric come 2035. The plan, dubbed Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap, looks at various factors that contribute to carbon pollution. State administrators noted that cars are major contributors to carbon pollution, and any plan to achieve net-zero emissions must include the eradication of fossil fuel-powered automobiles.
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In a press release, the governor highlighted the negative impacts of climate change caused by excessive carbon pollution. “The people of Massachusetts are experiencing record droughts, increased risk of wildfire, severe weather, and flooding in our coastal communities,” Baker said. “The costly impacts of climate change are on display in the Commonwealth, making it critical that we take action.”
Kathleen Theoharides, the state’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, said that achieving net-zero emissions requires efforts from everyone to make the plan successful.
“We know that achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050 will require hard work and collaboration across all sectors of the economy,” Theoharides said. The new roadmap “establishes a blueprint that will help us achieve our climate goals in a way that is cost-effective and delivers significant benefits to residents across the Commonwealth, especially those in our most vulnerable communities.”
In the report, which was released on December 31, the state has identified key areas of concern to help reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Besides turning to electric cars, the report also outlines a shift from a fossil fuel grid to a renewable energy grid.
According to the report, data indicates that low-income homes in the state do not have access to air conditioning as compared to more affluent homes. The plan looks at increasing temperatures due to climate change and notes that all homes will require clean energy to facilitate home air conditioning. Another area of focus will be new buildings. The state plans to prevent emissions from all upcoming buildings with improved building codes and construction policies.
Massachusetts now becomes one of the few states with a clear roadmap toward net-zero emissions. However, the bulk of the work still lies in the implementation of the plan.
Via Clean Technica
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