A National Model for Carbon Pollution Reduction Programs
Tue, Dec 03
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Steinmann HallCity College of New York160 Convent Ave
Steinmann Hall, exhibit
The regional Greenhouse Gas InitiativeThis interactive presentation will provide students with an overview on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution.RGGI is a cooperative effort among nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states – Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont – to cap and reduce CO2 pollution from the power sector.
RGGI has been a success – since 2005, CO2 pollution from the power sector has declined more than 40 percent across the RGGI region, as energy efficiency programs have contributed to reduced demand and generation has shifted from coal and oil to renewable power and natural gas.
After reviewing RGGI’s history, design and achievements to date, the RGGI, Inc. Executive Director will take questions for students.
At the end of this presentation students will better understand why RGGI serves as national model for the reduction of carbon pollution, and why many climate policy experts believe that RGGI should serve as a compliance mechanism under future EPA carbon pollution rules for existing power plants.