Act on Climate

2021 Act on Climate

On April 14, 2021, Governor Dan McKee signed into law the 2021 Act on Climate, which sets mandatory, enforceable climate emissions reduction goals leading the state to achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. This legislation updates the previous 2014 Resilient Rhode Island Act, positioning the state to boldly address climate change and prepare for a global economy that will be shifting to adapt to clean technology.

As required by the 2021 Act on Climate, the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) will deliver an update to the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan to the Governor and General Assembly by December 31, 2022 (called the ‘2022 Update’). The 2022 Update will be informed by public comment and stakeholder discussions.

Subsequently, the EC4 will develop a plan to incrementally reduce climate emissions to net-zero by 2050 to be delivered to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2025 (called the ‘2025 Climate Strategy’). The plan will be developed via a robust stakeholder process and will address areas such as environmental injustices, public health inequities, and a fair employment transition as fossil-fuel jobs are replaced by green energy jobs. The 2025 Climate Strategy will be a comprehensive working document that will be updated every five years thereafter.

This webpage will be updated with materials, event announcements, and opportunities for public participation – please continue to check back for the most up-to-date information!

Public Comment Portal

We encourage you to submit your comments, concerns, questions, and ideas. All stakeholders – including individuals, organizations, community groups, and industry stakeholders – are invited to comment. To provide comment, you may:

Public comments will be accepted through December 2nd, 2022. Thanks in advance for your insights!

Review the Working Draft of the 2022 Update

We invite you to review the working draft of the 2022 Update to the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan available here: Working Draft.

The first page contains a proposed outline of each chapter in the 2022 Update, along with notes on when each chapter will be drafted and ready for public review. As chapters are drafted and revised, we will update the working draft available on this webpage.

Please be advised that this working draft will evolve by definition. We will do our best to highlight changes from one iteration to the next.

Please submit comments though our online public comment portal.

Workplan for Developing the 2022 Update

Our revised workplan is available here. We will update this workplan as needed and as additional information becomes available. Please refer to the calendar on and the Secretary of State’s website for the most up-to-date information and official meeting notices.

EC4 Events

Please click on the event header for additional information. Future events will be posted here – please check back!

Sharing Session #6: Meeting our 2030 Mandate – Priority Actions for the Thermal Sector

Emissions from the thermal sector (heating) in Rhode Island comprise a little over one third of total greenhouse gas emissions.

In Sharing Session #6, attendees will hear an update on what’s happened in the thermal sector since the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan and will review recommendations from recent key studies.

Attendees will then have an opportunity to discuss actions related to the thermal sector that Rhode Island must prioritize over the next few years in order to get on the path to meet the 2021 Act on Climate’s 2030 emissions reduction mandate. These discussions will directly inform the 2022 Update to the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan.

The EC4 will host Sharing Session #6 on three dates; all dates will cover the same material. Attendees are welcome to join on one or more dates.

No prior experience or knowledge is necessary – everyone who is interested is encouraged to attend! All sessions will be held virtually using Zoom, with call-in information available.

EC4 Climate-Health Workshop: Understanding climate change’s impact on health and what we actions we can take to improve the health of Rhode Islanders

This workshop occurred on May 19th. (slides)

Sharing Session #5: Meeting our 2030 Mandate – Priority Actions for the Transportation Sector

These sharing sessions occurred on May 17th – 18th. (slides)

Sharing Session #4: Meeting our 2030 Mandate – Priority Actions for the Electric Sector

These sharing sessions occurred on April 19th – 21st. (slides)

Sharing Session #3: Rhode Island’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

This sharing session occurred on Wednesday, Mar. 16th from noon-1:30pm. (slides)

Sharing Session #2: Defining ‘net-zero emissions by 2050’

Sharing Session #2 occurred on January 11th at noon, January 13th at noon, and January 13th at 6pm. Meeting minutes with slides are available here.

Sharing Session #1: Scoping the 2022 Update

This sharing session occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 16th from noon-1:30pm (slides).

Contact Us

There are several ways to contact us about climate change and work related to the Act on Climate, in addition to our public comment portal.

You can email us: