Maryland Surpasses 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goal

MDE recently released a report detailing that Maryland is on track to meet its 2030 GHG targets and has exceed its statewide reduction goal for 2020.

Last month, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) submitted the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in Maryland: A Progress Report to Governor Hogan and the legislature. The report highlights progress made since MDE published the 2030 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (GGRA) Plan.

In this report, findings show that Maryland is on track to meet its 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) targets and has more than achieved its statewide reduction goal for 2020 (25% from 2006 levels by 2020). In fact, by 2020, statewide emissions were 30% below the 2006 baseline.

Maryland’s GHG emissions reduction plans advance each of its measures with an eye toward how they can best benefit overburdened and underserved communities, and address long-standing injustices. Additionally, the GHG emission reduction plans underscores the importance of ensuring a positive impact on Maryland’s economy that protects existing manufacturing jobs and creates new jobs in the state.

The 2030 GGRA Plan will be in effect until MDE drafts a new plan in June 2023. The new goals aim to reduce GHG emissions to 60% by 2031, and to achieve net zero by 2045.

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