Energy and climate change issues are at the core of ELM’s policy advocacy work. We work to defend and strengthen policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase local, renewable energy options for Massachusetts customers. We also monitor the state’s progress on reducing emissions and investing in local energy resources along with our partners in the Global Warming Solutions Project (GWSP).
A diversified energy portfolio will keep energy dollars in our state, create local jobs, and protect Massachusetts residents. Although climate change is a global challenge, our energy investments on the state level represent some of the most important decisions in protecting our communities from climate change. Investments made today will either lock us into fossil fuel infrastructure or create a viable pathway to meeting our emissions reductions requirements under the Global Warming Solutions Act.
An Act relative to Home Energy Efficiency
ELM supports legislation that would require home sellers to obtain an energy efficiency rating and disclose it to potential buyers. This could be accomplished via the existing home inspection process or an electric utility program that offers free home energy audits.
An Act to Create a 2050 Roadmap to a Clean and Thriving Commonwealth
Amends the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) to require carbon neutrality by 2050. It would authorize carbon pricing, identify pathways to eliminate carbon from all sectors, and require 2030 and 2040 interim emission limits.
An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions
Puts a price on carbon emissions and creates new revenue while ensuring low and moderate income families are protected. In order to meet our GWSA mandates, we need to accelerate our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This market based approach would result in significant emissions reductions.
ELM is a founding member of the Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future, uniting groups statewide around the goal of driving down global warming pollution by placing a price on carbon emissions. Together with allies in environmental, business, labor, faith, health and civic groups across the state, ELM is working to advance this next milestone in climate leadership.
Campaign for a Clean Energy Future Goals
- Win a new state policy to reduce carbon pollution and make real progress in combating climate change
- Maximize economic progress by returning money to Massachusetts residents and businesses
- Accelerate the growth of the Commonwealth’s clean energy sector
- Keep more of our state’s energy dollars local rather than allow all of the $20 billion we spend on energy imports every year to leave the state economy
- Ensure that low and moderate income residents benefit from the program
Are We on Track?
Assessments show that Massachusetts has reduced 11% of its carbon pollution below 1990 levels. However, we’re not yet on track to reach the GWSA initial mandate of a 25% reduction of global warming pollution by 2020. Additional new tools and systems are needed to keep our longer term mandate in our sights: at least 80% pollution reductions by 2050.
The Next Step in Climate Leadership
Analysis shows the best way to achieve additional carbon pollution reductions is to place a price on carbon emissions in a tailored policy that reflects Massachusetts’ climate, business, worker, equity and institutional needs.