Resource: 2011 Report on Minnesota Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions
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Title: 2011 Report on Minnesota Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions
Resource type: Report/study
Topics: Energy, Statewide/Global
Keywords: climate change report, emissions reductions, energy
Audience: All
Region: Minnesota Statewide
Summary: This report discusses the changing trend line of Minnesota's greenhosue gas emissions and provides updates on pertinent programs that impact greenhouse gas reductions in the state.
Content: In January 2011, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency submitted the Annual Legislative Proposal Report on Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions and Biennial Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Report to the Minnesota Legislature. This 39-page document is available for free download from the web site below.

From the report's introduction:

"This is the third annual report on legislative proposals to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, and the second biennial GHG emissions reduction progress report.

The State of Minnesota continues to be a leader in renewable energy, renewable fuels, energy efficiency and other energy-related efforts that reduce emissions associated with energy production and use. Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 sets targets for energy conservation, renewable energy and GHG emissions. Minnesota legislative action helped spearhead other GHG reduction actions by state and local government agencies, educational institutions, businesses, communities and non-profit organizations throughout the state.

Statewide GHG emissions have declined by 1.2 percent between 2005 and 2008. Continued reductions at this rate may not be sufficient to achieve the state goal and further GHG reduction efforts are beginning to face structural barriers. These barriers must be addressed if reductions to Minnesota's GHG emissions are to continue.

This report will discuss the changing trend line of Minnesota's GHG emissions; provide updates on pertinent programs that impact GHG reductions; identify significant challenges and barrier to achieving greater GHG reductions; and lay out policy initiatives to address barriers."

The report includes the following major sections:

* GHG Emissions Report

* Progress on Major Programs and Activities

* Barriers to Further Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

* Legislative Proposals

The report also includes a number of tables and figures that will be useful for those tracking climate and energy issues in Minnesota.

Suggested by: Paul Moss
Added: 01/24/11
Updated: 09/20/11