Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has signed a bill requiring reductions in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 10% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 2001 levels by 2050.
Similar measures have been enacted in California, Hawaii, New Jersey and in Washington state.
In addition to establishing a schedule by which Connecticut must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, HB 5600, “An Act Concerning Global Warming Solutions”:
Requires the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to publish a baseline inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and to recommend actions to achieve the necessary reductions;
Requires the DEP to evaluate the potential of low-carbon fuel standards (LCFS) for motor vehicles and home heating fuels to achieve net carbon reductions;
Establishes a Climate Change Impacts Subcommittee to recommend to the Governor and legislature ways the state can adapt to and help mitigate global warming; and
Authorizes DEP to work with other states and Canadian provinces to develop a cap-and-trade program to achieve greenhouse gas limits.