Climate Pollution Reduction Grant

Rhode Island's Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) Process

As we slide into 2024, RIDEM is moving ahead with developing an application for EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) planning process and funding opportunity. The time has come to identify priority projects the state can invest in to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Before the state can apply for actual CPRG funding to support projects, we are required to submit, by March 1, 2024, a PRIORITY CLIMATE ACTION PLAN, or PCAPSo, what is a PCAP you may be wondering?

Rhode Island’s PCAP needs to include a focused list of near-term, high-priority, implementation ready projects to reduce GHG emissions and an analysis of GHG emissions reductions that would be achieved through implementation. Of particular interest are projects that will help advance the goals of the Justice40 Initiative. We are looking to hear from you about what types of projects RI should uplift as “priority projects”.

What sectors has EPA identified as eligible sectors for inclusion in RI’s CPRG application? 1) Transportation Sector; 2) Electric Power Sector; 3) Buildings Sector (Commercial & Residential); 4) Industrial Sector; 5) Waste, Water, and Sustainable Materials Management Sector; 6) Agricultural Sector; and 7) Carbon Removal.

Have comments or input for RIDEM on potential projects? Comments may be submitted via SmartComment

The presentation from the January 4, 2024 Listening Session which details the CPRG process for RI from now through April 1st and shows the types of projects suggested by the public at a January 4th Listening Session can be found below.

NEW! PCAP Priority Measures (Draft Jan. 2024)

Below is a detailed outline of the draft Rhode Island PCAP Priority Measures for review. The draft list is not final; comments are welcome at the SmartComment link above. We will continue to finalize specifics, make decisions, and incorporate input on the draft measures through February until the plan is finally approved and submitted by the March 1st deadline.