Governor Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force, charged with making recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions originating in Louisiana, recently took another step towards that goal.
The Task Force released a first draft of the report in the spring of 2021. Based on the public comments received, the Task Force released a revised Draft Partial Final Report along with a Draft Portfolio of Climate Strategies and Actions for public comment on August 23rd. The period for public comment ends on October 8th.
The revised Draft Partial Final Report does not contain any drastic changes; however, the Draft Portfolio of Climate Strategies and Actions is noteworthy. This document contains proposed strategies and specific actions across several priority areas to be considered in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The actions were developed through input from members of the Task Force’s sector committees and submissions from the public. While the actions have been informed by feedback from the Task Force’s advisory groups, research on best practices in other states, and many conversations throughout meetings, workshops, and public comment, the draft action portfolio will continue to evolve in the coming months. After additional rounds of feedback from the Task Force and the public, some actions may be added, deleted, or revised prior to the release of the draft Climate Action Plan later this year and the Final Report in February 2022.
The Draft Portfolio contains 29 strategies, with various amounts of specific actions to carry out each strategy. Some of the actions are related to development of renewable energy in Louisiana, whereas others aim to manage emissions. For example, strategy 9 is to “increase resources for decommissioning legacy oil and gas infrastructure.” Actions under strategy 9 center around drafting new legislation to increase the plugging of abandoned and orphaned wells. Other strategies focus on switching to low carbon fuels and developing the infrastructure to support renewable energy in Louisiana. Noteworthy actions include:
All the proposed actions can be found here. Since the revised Draft Partial Final Report and the Draft Portfolio of Climate Strategies and Actions are still evolving, public comment on the drafts is important. Public comments can be sent to email@example.com through October 8th.