NC Executive Order No. 80: North Carolina's Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy

On October 29, 2018, North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order (EO) No. 80 entitled, "North Carolina's Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy." EO 80 calls for the state to take several actions related to climate change to improve the health and well-being of North Carolina's residents, foster innovation and growth of a clean energy workforce, prepare more resilient communities, and reduce the impacts of climate change, like more frequent and intense hurricanes, flooding, extreme temperature, drought, saltwater intrusion, and beach erosion. The EO calls for action to prepare for the impacts of climate change (adaptation and resilience) and for mitigation efforts.

As a result of the order, the state: established the "North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council;" will integrate climate adaptation and resiliency goals into agency programs, policies, and operations; and will develop a "North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resiliency Plan" by March 1, 2020. The EO requires annual status reports be submitted to the governor beginning in 2019. 

This resource was featured in the November 1, 2018, ASAP Newsletter.

"North Carolina Signs Executive Order to Commit to Paris Accord. While the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference took place this week and ASAP unveiled the RALA winner on Tuesday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order setting a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2025 and develop a statewide Climate Risk Assessment and Resiliency Plan by March 1, 2020. Turns out this week is a well-deserved grand moment for the Carolinas!"


EO 80 includes the following provisions related to climate adaptation and resilience: 

  • Vulnerability Analysis: State agencies are required to evaluate the impacts of climate change on their programs and operations, and how mitigation and adaptation-related actions can be better integrated into both (provision 2).
  • Interagency Council: The state will establish the "North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council," composed of representatives from every state agency and the governor's office and led by the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) (or his/her designee), to lead and coordinate implementation of EO No. 80, including by prioritizing and recommending actions and conducting stakeholder engagement (provision 3).
  • Resiliency Planning and Mainstreaming Adaptation: State agencies must integrate climate adaptation and resiliency planning into their policies, programs, and operations for the purposes of supporting vulnerable communities and sectors and enhancing the state's ability to protect North Carolina's human, natural, built, cultural, and other public and private assets. This provision also mandates that DEQ lead development of a "North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resiliency Plan" to be completed by March 1, 2020. Under this provision, the Interagency Council is required to support communities interested in creating vulnerability and adaptation and resiliency plans (provision 9).
  • Monitoring Progress: DEQ is required to create and manage a website tracking the Interagency Council's actions and progress (provision 10).

EO No. 80 also includes several mitigation commitments, including that the state will: 

  • Support the 2015 Paris Agreement's goals and join the U.S. Climate Alliance by reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2025; 
  • Develop a Clean Energy Plan that evaluates and encourages the use of alternative energy sources; 
  • Develop a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan to increase the number of ZEVs in the state; and 
  • Support clean energy businesses and investments. 


Publication Date: October 29, 2018

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  • State of North Carolina

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