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Climate Change Policy Task Force
A Climate Action Plan For the State of New Hampshire

In December 2007, Governor Lynch issued Executive Order Number 2007-3, which established a Climate Change Policy Task Force and charged the Task Force with developing a Climate Action Plan for the State of New Hampshire. The Executive Order directed the task force to submit the action plan to the Governor by September 1, 2008. Due to the extensive detail and comprehensive nature of the recommendations in the Climate Action Plan, the final Plan was released on March 25, 2009 at a Press Event with the Governor.

The complete NH Climate Action Plan and separate Appendices are available for download and printing.

Task Force Membership

The Task Force is chaired by the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and is composed of 29 members representing a broad range of interests and are based around the state. This diverse group of regulators, scientists, business leaders, utilities, and environmental groups has been charged with recommending quantified goals for reductions of NH greenhouse gas given the inventory of NH greenhouse gas emissions and emission projections. In addition, the members have been further charged with recommending specific regulatory, voluntary and policy actions, based on stakeholder input that the New Hampshire government, businesses, industry, and residents can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Task Force Support

NH DES staff members coordinate the Plan’s development process and provide technical support to the Task Force. Six technical and policy working groups were formed to develop the specific potential actions that would be considered for inclusion in the final Plan. These working groups were coordinated by NHDES staff members and engaged over 125 stakeholders in the areas of: Adaptation; Agriculture, Forestry and Waste; Electric Generation; Government Leadership and Action; Residential, Commercial and Industrial (& Municipal); and Transportation and Land Use.

The Working Group members represented a wide range of interests and possessed significant technical expertise. The WG members invested a significant number of hours in conference calls and meetings over 5 months, in many cases convening on a weekly basis. Having frequently enthusiastically embraced their charge, the working groups submitted over 100 separate potential Actions for the Task Force’s consideration. These potential Actions are designed to address the causes (mitigation) as well as the impacts of climate change (adaptation) through a range of mechanisms, which take advantage of specific opportunities in New Hampshire to sequester and store carbon dioxide, reduce the fossil fuel-based emissions associated with activities in the state, and reduce the New Hampshire’s vulnerability to a changing climate. The University of New Hampshire, through Carbon Solutions New England (CSNE), analyzed the carbon reductions, cost of implementation, and cost savings for most of the potential mitigation Actions.

Public Engagement

In addition to the 125 stakeholders that took part in the working groups, an extensive public process was conducted to provide the public access to the Task Force’s work and to assist the Task Force in understanding the issues and opportunities connected to climate change. In total, the Task Force held five public listening sessions at locations across the state. Two of these sessions were conducted using live interactive video conferencing through the Granite State Distance Learning Network. This video conferencing technology enabled five additional locations to participate in the listening sessions simultaneously. The public listening sessions attracted over 175 attendees and yielded more than 75 oral comments. In addition, the Task Force received over 200 letters and emails, including written comments that the Task Force specifically solicited regarding a set of actions and approaches developed by the Task Force after completion of the five public listening sessions.

Completion of the Plan

The Climate Action Plan was originally scheduled to be submitted to the Governor by September 1, 2008. Due to the extensive detail and comprehensive nature of the recommendations that were developed through this process for the Task Force to consider for inclusion in the final Climate Action Plan,the final Plan was released on March 25, 2009 at a Press Event with the Governor.

The complete NH Climate Action Plan and separate Appendices are available for download and printing.

Project Background

For more information or to submit comments via e-mail, please contact:

Chris Skoglund, Energy and Transportation Analyst, at the NH Department of Environmental Services (603) 271-7624 or christopher.skoglund@des.nh.gov

 

 

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