Maine Climate Council

Goals of the Maine Climate Council

Bold emissions reductions: The Maine Climate Council is charged with developing a plan to meet state greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets that are now in law, including a gross 45% greenhouse gas emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050

Mitigation: Develop mitigation strategies to meet state emissions reduction requirements in all sectors of the economy, with a focus on Maine’s transportation, electricity, and buildings sectors

Resilience: Develop strategies that will make Maine people, industries, and communities resilient to the impacts of climate change

Jobs: Recommend how to best grow good paying jobs in the transition to a lower carbon economy, and provide support and retraining for those industries and workers who will be most impacted by climate change

Transition: Develop programs to ensure Maine’s rural, low-income and elderly populations are not adversely impacted in the shift to a low-carbon economy, while also delivering benefits like lower heating bills

Read the original legislation creating the Maine Climate Council by clicking here

Climate Planning Timeline:

  • September 26, 2019 – Maine Climate Council launch
  • October 2019–Summer 2020 – Climate Council working groups meet, propose solutions. Working groups include Science & Technical; Transportation; Buildings, Housing & Infrastructure; Energy; Coastal & Marine; Working Lands; and Resilience, Public Health & Emergency Management
    • All meetings are open to the public and can be found on this webpage and each working group's webpage. 
    • Please see the Public Meeting Calendar for the full schedule of upcoming meetings
  • December 2020 – 4-year State Climate Action Plan due
  • Ongoing Work: Climate Council to meet quarterly to monitor progress and working groups to meet at least twice a year to monitor progress; GHG emissions reporting every other year by Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Climate Action Plan updates every 4 years

Announcement of the membership of the Maine Climate Council

The Maine Climate Council has the following Subcommittees & Working groups: 

For more information on this initiative, email Cassaundra Rose.

Looking for more information about the impacts of climate change in Maine? Visit the Department of Environmental Protection's Climate hub by clicking here.