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Climate Change Guidance Documents

Revised CP-49 for Public Comment

First established in 2010, Commissioner Policy #49 (PDF) "Climate Change and DEC Action" (CP-49) provides guidance to agency divisions, offices, and regions regarding the incorporation of climate change considerations into agency activities. DEC has revised CP-49 to reflect requirements under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). This includes guidance for implementing provisions of Section 7 and 9 of the CLCPA.

The comment period on the proposed revised CP-49 has closed. DEC will issue a final revised CP-49 upon review of comments received on the proposed revised policy.

Value of Carbon Guidance

DEC has established a Value of Carbon guidance that can be used by State entities to aid decision-making and for the State to demonstrate the global societal value of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The Appendix provides social cost values for carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at the 1 percent, 2 percent, and 3 percent discount rates. A spreadsheet tool is also available by request. Updated May 2022.

Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA)

Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA) Implementation Guidance - mainstreaming consideration of climate change

Guidance for Assessing Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Guide for Assessing Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in an Environmental Impact Statement (PDF) provides instructions to DEC staff for reviewing an environmental impact statement (EIS) that includes a discussion of energy use or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Other state and local agencies may choose to use this guide when serving as lead agency for a project subject to an EIS that includes a discussion of energy use or GHG emissions.