Massachusetts Commits to Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Massachusetts State House

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April 22, 2020 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today after Governor Baker announced a new rule which makes the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 economy-wide a legally enforceable mandate under the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).

“Governor Baker deserves high praise for this Earth Day reminder that action on climate cannot be postponed, even in the midst of a hobbling public health crisis,” said Brad Campbell, President of Conservation Law Foundation. “CLF looks forward to working with the Baker Administration on the down-payment toward this strengthened legal mandate —rules to cut the Commonwealth’s fossil fuel use in half by 2030.”

The landmark GWSA was passed in 2008. CLF was instrumental in passing the GWSA, and successfully enforced the law in court when successive administrations failed to implement it by adopting enforceable rules to cut emissions economy-wide.

CLF experts are available for further comment.