New reports inform emissions-fighting debate: Forests play a key role

By Colin Young
The Daily Hampshire Gazette
January 4, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US East

BOSTON — A pair of reports made public this week illustrate the variety of efforts that are underway to position Massachusetts to live up to its legal requirement to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In addition to a minimum 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, Massachusetts law requires the state to reduce emissions by at least 75% by 2040 and at least 85% by 2050. To get there, the state needs to scale back emissions from power generation, as well as from transportation, building heating and the rest of the economy. Progress on that front was announced Wednesday morning. …The Climate Forestry Committee’s report, assembled by a panel of 12 scientific experts, urges the state to sharpen its land management focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation and contains recommendations to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

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