CT Gov. Lamont’s Executive Order Combats Effects Of Climate Change

On September 3rd, 2019 Governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes, and over 80 environmental advocates convened the Governor’s Forum On Climate Change to discuss issues related to mitigating climate change, specifically as their administration prepares its package of legislative proposals for the 2020 session of the General Assembly, which begins in February.

Governor Lamont also signed an executive order that strengthens Connecticut’s ongoing efforts to combat the effects of climate change and ensure that the state’s communities are as resilient as possible to rising sea levels and increasingly powerful storms. This is in an effort to keep the citizens and infrastructure of CT safe.

Lamont’s “Executive Order No. 3” builds on action taken recently by his administration on climate change:

  • Expands the responsibilities of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) established in 2015 by Gov. Malloy
  • Increases membership of the GC3
  • Directs DEEP to evaluate pathways to transition to 100% clean energy grid by 2040

The expanded responsibilities of the GC3 laid out in the Governor’s executive order require it to monitor ongoing progress in the execution of the strategies from the GC3’s December 2018 report. The council will be required to provide the governor with a report on these implementation efforts by January 15, 2021 and annually thereafter improving accountability. The strategies in the report are all focused on making CT transportation, electricity, and buildings more energy efficient in an effort to meet their goal of 45% reduced GHG emissions by 2030.

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