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Maryland Unveils Bold Climate Action Plan to Achieve Ambitious Green Goals

Updated March 25, 2024

In a decisive move towards combating climate change, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has submitted its Climate Pollution Reduction Plan to Governor Wes Moore and the Maryland General Assembly. This comprehensive plan lays out the necessary policy measures to achieve Maryland's ambitious climate targets, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent from 2006 levels by 2031, attaining 100 percent clean energy by 2035, and reaching net zero emissions by 2045.

Secretary Serena McIlwain emphasized the importance of the plan, stating, “This blueprint provides the roadmap we need to achieve our climate objectives. Ending climate pollution is a collective effort, and we are committed to working with citizens, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and businesses to make this vision a reality. Maryland will lead the way in transitioning to a green economy, leaving no one behind.”

Key highlights of the plan include:

- Phasing out coal-fired power plants
- Expanding renewable infrastructure, such as solar, wind, and battery power
- Offering incentives for consumers to switch to electric vehicles and expanding charging infrastructure
- Promoting energy-efficient retrofits for existing buildings and encouraging electrification of homes
- Electrifying school buses, transit buses, and government fleet vehicles

According to modeling by Towson University’s Regional Economic Studies Institute, the implementation of these policies could yield significant benefits, including up to $1.2 billion in public health benefits, $2.5 billion in increased personal income, and the creation of 27,400 jobs compared to current policies. Additionally, the average household stands to save up to $4,000 annually on energy costs.

Maryland has already made significant strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, surpassing most other states with a 30 percent reduction from 2006 levels by 2020. The Climate Solutions Now Act, passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2022, set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals, while the release of Maryland’s Climate Pathway Report in June 2023 provided further guidance on policy options.

Building on this momentum, MDE will continue to develop progressive emission reduction plans and updated inventories through 2045, with a focus on implementation and progress tracking. The state's Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP), due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on March 1, 2024, will be supported by the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Program, with a competitive implementation grant application due on April 1.

Maryland's Climate Pollution Reduction Plan represents a bold step towards a more sustainable and resilient future, demonstrating the state's commitment to addressing the urgent challenges of climate change.

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