Climate Action Plan: Interim Report to the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change's Interim Report includes timetables and benchmarks for reducing Maryland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and preliminary recommendations for legislation and executive actions. It also includes general support for legislative or other actions on adaptation and mitigation initiatives. The Report contains a list of approximately 50 priority policy options the Commission has chosen for more detailed analysis.

The Report includes a GHG emission inventory and forecast along with recommended GHG reduction goals. Also included is information on the Commission's Scientific and Technical Working Groups.

The Adaptation and Response Working Group proposed several adaptation related initiatives. Some of these recommendations include:

  • Protecting and restoring natural resources which shield Maryland’s shoreline from the impacts of sea-level rise and coastal storm events.
  • Promoting policies aimed at reducing climate impacts on the existing built environment, as well as to future development in areas vulnerable to sea-level rise and coastal hazards.
  • Avoiding assumption of the financial risk of development and redevelopment in hazardous coastal areas.
  • Updating the jurisdictional boundaries of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Areas Act to reflect current conditions, and establish a process and continuing standard for updates.
  • Amend the Flood Hazard Management Act of 1976 to require that all Maryland counties adopt standards requiring two or more feet of freeboard

The Commission also recommended the adoption of a Sea Level Rise Executive Order, that directs Maryland’s State agencies to work together to implement sound sea level rise adaptation and response measures.

In April of 2007, Governor Martin O’Malley established the Maryland Commission on Climate Change through Executive Order 01.01.2007.07. The order charged the Commission with the task of developing a Climate Action Plan to discuss the drivers and consequences of climate change, necessary preparations for its ensuing impacts on the State, and establish firm benchmarks and timetables for policy implementation. 

 


 

Publication Date: January 14, 2008

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