Taking Action on Climate Change: Connecticut DEEP 2014 Progress Report
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released this progress report reviewing the work the state is doing to mitigate and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
The report highlights the state’s achievement of returning to 1990 emissions levels by 2010. Additionally, Connecticut is likely to meet its goal of emissions levels 10 percent below 1990 levels before 2020. The report also presents the state’s climate adaptation and resiliency work.
In 2013, the ‘Connecticut Climate Preparedness Plan’ was released as required by the Global Warming Solutions Act. 2013 also marked the passage of two adaptation bills: Public Act 13-179: 'An Act Concerning the Permitting of Certain Coastal Structures' by the Department which contains updated sea level rise considerations and planning procedures, including the projected impacts on coastal development and permitting; and Special Act 13-9: 'An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation and Data Collection' - which calls for a plan to establish a Connecticut Center for Coasts as well as for significant data collection, monitoring requirements, and reporting guidelines.
There are many other examples in the progress report of the Department’s recent adaptation activity. DEEP participates in the Coastal States Organization to craft new policy regarding climate adaptation and coastal hazards. CSO supports principles to guide national legislation and policies associated with managing shorelines and reducing community vulnerability to coastal hazards.
At the regional and federal level, the Department has been at the forefront of monitoring climate change and associated impacts with “Sentinel Monitoring for Climate Change in Long Island Sound.” Sentinel Monitoring is a multidisciplinary scientific approach to provide early warning of climate change impacts to ecosystems, species and processes in order to facilitate appropriate responses including adaptation.
The Sentinel Monitoring program has been so successful that it has been scaled up for the entire Northeast and Gulf of Maine region through the Ecosystem Health Committee of the Northeast Regional Ocean Council and the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems. DEEP is a leader of this region-wide initiative.
Publication Date: June 6, 2014
- Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)
- Progress report