Act on Climate

2021 Act on Climate

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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!