Gap Between Projected Emissions and GHG Targets

SOURCE: ENE analysis using EPA State Inventory Tool and Regional Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets

The Northeast can adopt policies that achieve its long-term emissions targets and secure a sustainable, low-carbon economy. To get there, the region needs to build on successful efforts to stabilize emissions and innovate the next generation of policy advances. 

The early signs of a thriving low-carbon Northeast are already here

The region is cutting emissions with some success and it is doing so, in part, through effective policy tools like energy efficiency investments and clean power incentives. Climate progress and economic prosperity in the region appear to be aligning, and possibly reinforcing each other. These are hopeful signs that long-term change is possible.

Signs of an increasingly disruptive climate are also appearing

Recent hurricanes and winter storms have shown that the extreme weather events predicted by climate scientists are already damaging the region. If the Northeast is going to reach its targets and continue to lead by example, it needs to make deeper emission cuts. 

Three strategic areas offer opportunities for more emissions reductions

A low-carbon, climate-resilient Northeast remains within reach. The region can build on its current policy successes and take steps to meet its long-term emissions targets. Three areas of strategic focus seem most promising for realizing new emissions cuts: (1) improving efficiency to maximize energy productivity; (2) cleaner energy sources for transportation and buildings; and (3) addressing forests and land use.