PA DEP Committee Releases 2024 Climate Action Plan Draft

Last week, the PA DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee released a presentation regarding recommendations for the state’s 2024 Climate Action Plan to outline how the Commonwealth should achieve greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) targets. The presentation outline proposed goals of a reduction in GHG inventory by 50% by 2030 and zero emissions by 2050.

PA DEP is required to produce a Climate Action Plan every three years through Pennsylvania Climate Reduction Act 70 of 2008. It is important to note that the 2024 plan is more aggressive than the 2021 plan which outlined a state reduction goal of 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050.

Although the plan is in the “draft-final” stage of adoption and short on specifics, the document does give some insights as to control measures that might potentially proposed in the future. Among those of interest to the PPA membership include an economy wide carbon cap and trade program (carbon tax), building codes with the goal of electrification and the continued roll out of electric vehicles. These measures would require legislative action which would be an uphill battle within the divided General Assembly. Nevertheless, PPA will be closely monitoring this development.

CLICK HERE to view the current draft of the 2024 Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment and Climate Action Plan