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Massachusetts Enshrines Net-Zero Emissions by Midcentury in Law

Massachusetts Enshrines Net-Zero Emissions by Midcentury in Law

Emma Foehringer Merchant reports on Greentech Media that Massachusetts has (pending approval from governor Charlie Baker) enacted a net-zero emissions law.

The C3 Take
  • The legislation set emissions standards as well as scales up offshore wind development.
  • While it is encouraging to see a state enact its own climate goals, the heavy reliance on one energy source may hinder the success of these emissions reductions.
  • A plan that empowers private sector innovation, as well as incorporating a diverse energy portfolio that includes nuclear energy would ensure more effective emissions reductions.

“Under the law, which still awaits the governor’s signature, Massachusetts must reduce emissions by 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and by 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2040. The state will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and carbon offsets may play a role.”

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