Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Planning in Maryland
MDE's Climate Program has worked with the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) at the University of Maryland on a conceptual roadmap to reach the state's climate goals.
The 2031 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan will be written based on this report by the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland and on Marylanders' input. According to the Climate Solutions Now Act, the plan must be submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly by the end of 2023.
Click on the image to read the report. Below the image is supplemental information.
Maryland's Pathway Report Supplemental Information:
In its progress report issued in September of 2022, MDE announced that Maryland achieved a 30% reduction in statewide GHG emissions (from 2006 levels) in 2020, which exceeded its GGRA target of a 25% reduction by that year. Maryland is roughly on track for meeting its 2030 GGRA Plan targets (with some room for improvement in ZEV adoption, clean energy generation, and building electrification) but meeting those targets would not achieve Maryland's new goal of reducing statewide GHG emissions 60% by 2031. MDE is required to produce a new GHG reduction plan by the end of 2023.
The 2030 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan laid out our current approach to Maryland's Greenhouse Gas reduction goals. The Plan calls for a goal of 50% reductions by 2030, as recommended by the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. With federal actions on climate change anticipated, Maryland expects to be able to achieve that goal. However, the goal has changed recently.
The Climate Solutions Act of 2022 has updated the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan. "On or before JUNE 30, 2023, the Department of the Environment shall: (1) Submit a proposed plan that reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 60% (from 2006 levels) by 2031 to the Governor and General Assembly; (2) Make the proposed plan available to the public; and (3) Convene a series of public workshops to provide interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the proposed plan. The Department shall, on or before December 31, 2023, adopt a final plan."
The 2030 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (GGRA) Plan
GGRA Plan Document|
Appendix A: The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009|
Appendix B: The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act - Reauthorization|
Appendix C: Greenhouse Gas Emission Projections Documentation (2014-2030|
Appendix D: 2017 Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Documentation|
Appendix E: NG Life-Cycle GHG Emissions Inventory Attributable to Fracked Gas in 2017|
Appendix F: Documentation of Maryland PATHWAYS Scenario Modeling |
Appendix G: Economic Impacts|
Appendix H: Impact Analysis of the GGRA of 2009 on Manufacturing Industry in Maryland|
Appendix I: Just Transition|
Appendix J: Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) GGRA Plan|
Appendix K: Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Recommended Practices |
Appendix L: Public Comments on the DRAFT Plan (2019)|
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Modeling Data used for the 2030 GGRA Plan:
Mark Stewart, manager, Climate Change Program