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Climate Action Plan Interim Report

Executive Order No. 24 (leaves DEC website) set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in New York State by 80 percent below the levels emitted in 1990 by the year 2050. The Executive Order also created the New York State Climate Action Council (CAC) with a directive to prepare a climate action plan. The climate action plan would assess how all economic sectors can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. The Plan would also identify the extent to which such actions support New York's goals for a clean-energy economy.

Climate Action Council

The New York Climate Action Council (CAC) consisted of 15 state agency heads or representatives of the Executive Chamber. The CAC was responsible for meeting all goals set forth in Executive Order 24.

Interim Report

On November 9, 2010, the CAC released an Interim Report that had been prepared with assistance from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and other CAC member-agency staff, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) and other stakeholders. A New York State greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast was also prepared.

The CAC convened three external advisory panels to assist and advise in areas requiring special expertise or knowledge: Technical Analysis, Multi-sector Integration and 2050 Visioning. The 2050 Visioning Advisory Panel, the Integration Advisory Panel and five Technical Work Groups (TWGs) provided direct input to the CAP Interim Report.

Available below, the Interim Report is presented by sections and chapters and, following this list, as a compiled report in three sections.
The size of each file is indicated in brackets. All documents are in 'pdf' format and require Adobe Reader.


Introductory Sections and Chapters


New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report - Compiled Parts

Associated Report