Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2001
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Public Voluntary Schemes, Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:The Council of Atlantic Premiers

The NEG/ECP Climate Change Action Plan was approvided on 27 August 2001 at the Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Westbrook, New Brunswick. The governors of the six U.S. New England states, alongside the premiers of five eastern Canadian provinces signed this bilateral agreement and committed the region to steps which address global warming within the regions control to influence.

The action plan includes a comprehensive and co-ordinated regional plan for reducing greenhouse gases, as well as specified reduction targets.

  • The short term goal was to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2010.
  • The mid-term goal was to reduce regional GHG emissions by at least 10% below 1990 levels by 2020 and establish an iterative 5-year process, commencing in 2005 to adjust goals if necesary and set future goals.
  • The long-term goal was to reduce regional GHG emissions sufficiently to eliminate any dangerous threat to the climate; this will require reductions of 75–85% below current levels.

At the 15 September 2009 33rd Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, a resolution was signed which directs the development of a Climate Change Initiative for submission to the 34th NEG/ECP conference in 2010 which updates the science and policy of the regional Climate Change Action Plan which is now almost ten years old. This plan will provided an update on the path forward for meeting existing 2020 and 2050 targets.

In 2012 the governors and premiers supported the addition of an interim emission reduction target for 2030 and in 2015 they adopted a 2030 reduction goal of at least 35%-45% below 1990 levels. 

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