Overview

Scientists around the world agree that rising global temperatures pose increased risks to human health and security, livelihoods, food security, the water supply, economic growth and natural systems. For Louisiana these impacts are most severely manifested in the loss of coastal wetlands from sea level rise, increased flooding from tropical and intense rainfall events, and extreme heat. Each of these environmental and health stressors are and will increasingly have negative impacts on families, communities, and regions around our state with disproportionate impacts on those with the fewest resources. 

Therefore, to improve our resilience, sustain our coast, and help avoid the worst impacts of climate change, Governor John Bel Edwards established the Climate Initiatives Task Force to proactively work to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving up global temperatures, increasing sea level and other risks that threaten our health and safety, quality of life, economic growth, and vital habitats and ecosystems. 

Mission & Approach

The Climate Initiatives Task Force will investigate and make recommendations for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions originating in Louisiana to achieve the stated greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals in order to improve the health and welfare of the people of Louisiana and advance Louisiana’s economic and energy profile. 

The Task Force will arrive at strategies and recommendations to reduce emissions through an inclusive, balanced approach that recognizes there are differing opinions on the best ways to reduce the worst impacts of climate change while preserving economic competitiveness. Louisiana will utilize the best available science to guide decisions and call on expertise from state government, colleges and universities, the private sector, and civil society to help inform and steer policy development.  

GHG Emissions Reduction Goals 

  • By 2025, reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% of 2005 levels; 
  • By 2030, reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 40-50% of 2005 levels; and 
  • By 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero; 

Public Call for Emission Reduction Action Proposals

The Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force aims to identify strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of the Louisiana economy and society that will be included in the Task Force’s Final Climate Report. To develop comprehensive strategies that reflect the needs and expertise of all Louisianans, we have crafted an Action Template to solicit input from the public and members of the Climate Initiative groups. The Template provides background and instructions on how to complete an action proposal to the best of your ability during the solicitation period, which opens on February 24, 2021, and closes April 30, 2021.

Action Submissions

Please utilize the Action Template below to submit completed action proposals to climate@la.gov by April 30, 2021. You may also mail a physical copy to the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities, 1051 N 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Alternatively you may complete an action proposal using the online Google Form below.

Action Template

Action Template(PDF)

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Mau de xuat hanh dong(PDF)

Modelo de Propuesta de Acción

Modelo de Propuesta de Acción(PDF)

Resources:

Executive Order

Interim Report

Sector Committee and Advisory Group Membership

Meeting Information

April Sector Committee Meeting Schedule:

  • Siting of New Power Generation and Energy Infrastructure” – Wednesday 4/14 10am-12pm
  • State and Local Procurement and Contracting Policies” – Wednesday 4/14 1pm-3pm
  • Advancing Research and Supporting New Technology” – Thursday 4/15 10am-12pm
  • Carbon Pricing” – Thursday 4/15 1pm-3pm
  • Increasing Participation in Climate Action” – Friday 4/16 10am-12pm
  • Combining Mitigation Goals with Resilience and Adaptation Goals” – Friday 4/16 1pm-3pm 

Accepting public comment on the Draft Partial Final Report until April 30, 2021. If you have any comments that you would like to submit, please send them to climate@la.gov. 

Public Comment and Notices

To submit ideas or comments for the Climate Initiatives Task Force email climate@la.gov

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