Massachusetts governor commits State to 2050 net-zero transition


The governor of the US state of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, has committed to the state’s transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Baker told attendees during the 2020 state of the Commonwealth Address yesterday that the state is leading the way in transitioning to clean, renewable energy and noted the 50% drop in emissions from the power industry over the last decade under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

He added: “Two major affordably priced offshore wind projects await federal approval. Combined with our Canadian hydropower project, these investments would meet 30% of our electricity consumption requirements and at the same time eliminate 5.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions every single year.

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“But yesterday’s solutions and yesterday’s plans are no longer sufficient. We must continue to take bold action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

“Tonight, I’m committing the Commonwealth to achieving an ambitious climate goal: net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

However, noted Baker, transport emissions in the state have continued to rise over decades past, generating 40% of the state’s total greenhouse emissions.

According to the governor, by applying similar measures to the transport sector, car manufacturers and fuel suppliers would be encouraged to find new efficiencies and develop cleaner fuel options.