DEEP: Climate Action Timeline for Connecticut

Climate Action Timeline for Connecticut

Year  CT Accomplishments
The 2018 Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) is released.
Upon developing a statement of principles and thoroughly reviewing a variety of mitigation scenarios that drive down greenhouse gas emissions in the electric, building, and transportation sectors, the Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3), through consensus, recommends adopting an economy-wide mid-term greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 45 percent below 2001 levels by 2030. This target was adopted by the General Assembly in 2018 and signed into law as Public Act 18-82.
An Act Concerning Connecticut's Energy Future (Public Act 18-50) doubles Connecticut's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 20 percent by 2020 to 40 percent by 2030.
An Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency (Public Act 18-82) adopts the mid-term reduction target recommended by the GC3, and integrates greenhouse gas emission reductions more explicitly into various state planning efforts and documents, such as the CES and the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).
Connecticut (CT) and eight other Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) release the updated 2017 Model Rule, which includes an additional 30% regional cap reduction between 2020 and 2030.
Sustainable CT, a statewide initiative that supports and recognizes thriving and resilient Connecticut municipalities, is launched.
The GC3 Exploratory Report is released.
An Act Concerning Electric and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (Public Act 16-135) sets forth several provisions related to electric vehicles (EVs), including requirements related to data collection, EV charging stations, and electric rate structures.
The GC3 is launched.
An Act Establishing a Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program (Public Act 15-113) authorizes CT DEEP to establish a two-year pilot program to support the development of shared clean energy facilities (SCEFs).
A collaboration of European and North American governments, including CT, initiates the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance (ZEV Alliance) to work together toward accelerating adoption of ZEVs.
CT launches CTfastrak, a bus rapid transit service, in central Connecticut.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) becomes an affiliate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (US EPA) Smartway program, which helps companies advance supply chain sustainability to improve freight transportation efficiency.
The 2011 Climate Change Progress Update, Connecticut Continues to Achieve Substantial Reductions in Climate Pollution, is released.
CT DEEP and CT Department of Transportation jointly establish the EVConnecticut program.
CT joins seven other states to sign the State Zero-Emission Vehicles Program Memorandum of Understanding (ZEV MOU).
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) is established, integrating environmental and energy policies.
CT establishes the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), the nation's first green bank, now known as the Connecticut Green Bank.
CT initiates modeling and in-depth analysis of Strategies to meet CT greenhouse gas targets.
The CT Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP) and CT Business and Industry Association hold the CT Summit on Business Sustainability.
The Adaptation Subcommittee of Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change (GSC) issues The Impacts of Climate Change on Connecticut Agriculture, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Public Health.
CT is one of eleven states to launch the Transportation and Climate Initiative.
The 2009 CT GHG Inventory is published.
The Adaptation Subcommittee of GSC is formed.
The GHG labeling program for cars goes into effect.
The US EPA approves a waiver allowing California's GHG emissions standard for cars to be implemented in the 14 states in which it was adopted, including CT.
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, including CT, sign a Memorandum of Understanding on a Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
The CT Global Warming Solutions Act (Public Act 08-98) reaffirms CT's commitment to GHG targets for 2020 and 2050.
CT and certain Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participate in the first auction of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation's first market-based, mandatory cap-and-trade program to reduce GHG emissions from large fossil-fueled power plants in the region.
CT signs the Governors' Declaration on Climate Change at Yale University.
A 6-month stakeholder dialogue reviews progress toward implementation of the CT Climate Change Action Plan and develops additional GHG reduction strategies.
An Act Concerning Electricity and Energy Efficiency (Public Act 07-242) requires energy efficiency to be treated as a "resource of first choice" in meeting electricity demand, increases the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 20% from Class I resources, creates a home heating oil efficiency program, and expands appliance efficiency standards.
The 2006 Progress Report is published.
The CT GHG Inventory: 1990-2001 is released.
The 2005 Progress Report is published.
The GSC finalizes the CT Climate Change Action Plan and submits it to the General Assembly.
An Act Concerning Climate Change (Public Act 04-252) establishes CT-specific GHG goals that align with the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) regional goals.
A 9-month stakeholder dialogue develops recommended actions to reduce CT GHG emissions, the 2004 Connecticut Stakeholder Recommendations.
CT state agencies hold a forum to establish a framework for the state climate change program to meet NEG/ECP goals. View the report based on the summit, Leading By Example Connecticut Collaborates to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
CT helps spearhead first international, multi-jurisdictional climate change initiative in the world by signing the NEG/ECP Climate Change Action Plan 2001 and agreeing to regional GHG reductions: 1990 levels by 2010, 10% below 1990 levels by 2020, and 75-85% below 2001 levels by 2050.
Content last updated June 2018