New York State Climate Action Plan
Climate change, resulting primarily from the combustion of fossil fuels and other human activities, is a significant threat to our environment, economy, and communities. Climate change is already occurring; its adverse effects are well documented across the globe and throughout the New York region. That realization, combined with the economic and national security vulnerability associated with our current, finite, fossil-based energy system, has created a sense of urgency in advancing a sustainable low-carbon energy future.
The Interin Report provides a variety of policy options and strategies that can build on New York’s experience in advancing clean energy and further reduce GHG emissions in New York State, while providing other benefits to New Yorkers. This Interim Report also presents preliminary quantitative analysis of the costs, savings, and GHG emission reduction potential for individual mitigation policy options relative to a mid-point 40 by 30 benchmark target, i.e., 40 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2030.
With this Interim Report, the Climate Action Council is seeking stakeholder and public response to the initial climate action planning work, including input on the mitigation and adaptation policy options. During 2011, work will continue to complete the required analyses of the policy options, which will inform a final Climate Action Plan.