The warming climate impacts our daily lives and economy, and it affects us all. With all that’s at stake, it’s time for us to act together.
For more than a decade, Delaware has taken steps to address the causes and consequences of climate change. But we need to do more. Delaware’s Climate Action Plan, which is the result of a year-long process involving residents, businesses and technical experts, is a roadmap for how the state can prepare for climate change in the decades ahead.
Clean and renewable energy expansion which has the greatest potential to reduce emissions in the long term.
Energy efficiency measures which can be put in place relatively quickly and implemented through existing programs.
Transportation sector transitions to zero-emission vehicles and more efficient transportation systems.
High global warming potential emissions which include greenhouse gas emissions reductions and management of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide.
Offsetting carbon emissions by preserving forests, croplands, wetlands and urban greenspaces that absorb (or sequester) carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, providing a cost-effective, temporary or long-term carbon storage solution.
Update or create state regulations that address protection and conservation of vulnerable and impacted resources.
Support communities and stakeholders in the form of trainings, resources and technical assistance.
Create management plans for natural resources, emergency response, state facilities and agency equipment.
Update facility design and operation that accounts for future climate conditions.
Promote research and monitoring that studies the impacts of climate change and methods of adapting.
Engage in outreach and education on climate change impacts and adaptation.
Provide agency support that provides the resources to implement resilience actions.
State leaders held a pair of webinars, on Dec. 6 and Dec. 9, 2021, focused on the Climate Action Plan. They provided an overview of the strategies and actions Delaware can take to reduce emissions and maximize resilience to the impacts of climate change.
The webinars, which were available in English and Spanish, were an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about the plan and hear answers from state leaders.