Colorado Gov. Polis unveils plan to reduce greenhouse gas pollution


DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday released a roadmap for reducing Colorado’s greenhouse gas pollution.

The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap outlines steps the state will take to reach clean energy goals by 2030.

The target is to reach an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas pollution by 2030. The Roadmap analysis shows Colorado is on a trajectory to achieve almost half the emissions reductions needed to meet the 2025 and 2030 goals.

The Roadmap outlines the additional steps the state will take to achieve the targets. It lists Colorado’s largest emission sources as transportation, oil and gas development, fuel use in homes, and business and industrial applications.

“We need to continue the swift transition away from costly coal towards low-cost, renewable energy. And achieve deep reductions in methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. We need to accelerate the transition to electric cars and improve infrastructure to reduce driving and traffic.”

Polis said in order to reach the clean energy goal, the state will need to move forward with additional climate-related rulemakings in 2021.

“Covering transportation, industrial pollution, oil and gas and buildings, as well as an additional transportation rule making for 2022. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will be evaluating a number of emission reduction plans and coal retirement plans through the resource planning process,” Polis said. “Our administration sees the 80% reduction by 2030 in pollution from utilities as a floor, not a ceiling. And will engage at the PUC to advocate for the deepest possible reductions that are achievable, while maintaining reliability and saving consumers money.”

Key Steps to Achieving 2030 Targets
  • Continue swift transition away from coal to renewable electricity
  • Make deep reductions in methane pollution from oil and gas development
  • Accelerate the shift to electric cars, trucks and buses
  • Make changes to transportation planning and investment and land use planning to encourage alternatives to driving
  • Increase building efficiency and electrification
  • Reduce methane waste from landfills, waste water and other sources

Joining Polis for Thursday’s update were members of the Colorado legislature, the clean energy and utility sectors, and the governor’s Cabinet, including:

  • Aram Benyamin, CEO, Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Kevin Smith, CEO, Americas, Lightsource BP
  • Senator Faith Winter
  • Senator Chris Hansen
  • Representative Dominique Jackson
  • Representative Alex Valdez
  • Jill Ryan, Executive Director CDPHE
  • Will Toor, Executive Director CEO
  • Shoshana Lew, Executive Director CDOT

Can’t see the video? Watch on the governor’s Facebook page.

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