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 develop policies 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. 

The Task Force will recommend strategies and actions to reduce emissions through an inclusive, balanced approach that recognizes there are differing opinions and pathways to best address climate impacts while preserving economic competitiveness and achieving additional social, environmental, and quality of life benefits. The Task Force will utilize the best available science to guide decisions and include expertise from state government, colleges and universities, the private sector, and civil society to help inform and steer policy development. 

Additional information on the executive order establishing the task force, the process, fundamental objectives, and membership of the Task Force can be found at the links below.

GHG Emissions Information

Emissions Reduction Goals
The executive order establishing the Climate Initiatives Task Force also set greenhouse gas reduction goals that put Louisiana’s efforts in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, at least one fifth of the world’s largest 2,000 companies, and many other states around the country.

An up-to-date understanding of Louisiana’s existing sources of greenhouse gas emissions was prepared to set a baseline for the work of the Task Force. This report, prepared by the LSU Center for Energy Studies, provides detail from activities across the economy about where Louisiana’s GHG emissions originate, where they are naturally absorbed from the atmosphere, and direction about how to approach GHG emissions reductions in a focused way.

According to the 2021 GHG Inventory, Louisiana’s GHG emissions are robust for its population size and GDP, comprising approximately 4% of the total U.S. emissions. In Louisiana, the industrial sector is the largest GHG emitter, followed by the transportation and power generation sectors. In contrast, the power generation and transportation sectors are responsible for the majority of emissions in the U.S. The Inventory noted that an increase in wetland and forest area may facilitate a reduction in overall GHG emissions, serving as a carbon ‘sink’ and achieving GHG reductions that rival those emitted annually by Louisiana’s power generation sector. Overall, the findings of this inventory suggest that industrial decarbonization is critical to achieve future GHG emission goals in Louisiana.

Louisiana 2021 Greenhouse Gas Inventory 

Modeling Potential Emission Reductions
As The Task Force considers recommendations for meeting the GHG reduction goals it has the ability to evaluate the magnitude of potential benefits using a modeling tool known as the Energy Policy Simulator. This tool is a state-of-the-art modeling tool developed by Energy Innovation, LLC in collaboration with the Water Institute of the Gulf. It is a free, open-source, peer-reviewed model that allows users to estimate climate and energy policy impacts through 2050 and consider how policies interact with one another.

The Louisiana Energy Policy Simulator (EPS) Tool

Climate Action Plan

The Task Force’s Louisiana Climate Action Plan is due to be completed by February 1, 2022, and will contain an outline of the process undertaken by the Task Force to develop the recommendations in the plan, context on how climate change is affecting Louisiana and its people, and a portfolio of specific strategies and actions to meet the Task Force’s fundamental objectives and GHG reduction goals.

The strategies and actions included in the plan are being developed through a bottom-up approach that has relied on input from stakeholders participating on the Task Force, its sector committees, and advisory groups, and the public at large. This process began officially in the spring of 2021 when the Task Force solicited recommendations for actions to reduce Louisiana’s GHG footprint and the Governor’s Office formulated a first draft portfolio of strategies and actions. 

The draft portfolio was then subject to extensive Task Force and public review including conversations at public meetings, survey responses from advisory groups, formal public comments, and results from the EPS modeling tool. Following thorough consideration and review, the Governor’s Office then released a revised draft portfolio in early December of 2021. This new draft represents an evolution of the first portfolio and will also be evaluated by the Task Force and the public through the end of the year.

While the portfolio of strategies and actions has been updated, the Governor’s Office has also been seeking public input and feedback on the contextual sections of the Louisiana Climate Action Plan. The first draft of the context sections was issued in the spring of 2021 and then revised based on public feedback and resubmitted for additional public comment in the summer.

The portfolio of strategies and actions and the background information documents will come together in early 2022 as the final Louisiana Climate Action Plan. To review the components of the Climate Action Plan that have been released for public comment to date please use the links below:

Interim Report (Feb. 2021)

Context Reports

Portfolio of Strategies and Actions

Full Climate Action Plans

Public Comment for Revised Draft Portfolio of Strategies and Actions
A round of final edits to the portfolio and the received public comments accepted until December 31, 2021 posted below will be discussed by the Task Force at their January 11th public meeting. The final plan will be sent to the Governor for his consideration on February 1, 2022.

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Meeting Information

To view the schedule of upcoming meetings and prior meeting materials (presentations and agendas), please click here.
To view prior meetings, please visit the Climate Initiatives Task Force YouTube page.

Louisiana Wind Week

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