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Transportation and State Climate Action Plans: What You Need to Know

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Status of State Climate Action Plans

CAP with quantified strategies 23 states

  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

No CAP 14 states

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

CAP research papers, 2 states EPA-funded

  • Deleware
  • Missouri

CAP in programs, 5 states

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • New York

CAP w/out quantified strategies, 6 states

  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • Utah
  • Virginia

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Total Forecast State GHG Emissions (BAU)

State Total Forecast GHGs
VT 12
ME  29
MT 42
AK 60
NY 76
OR 80
UT 96
NM 102
AR 114
WA 122
SC 125
MD 132
IA 139
CO 148
WI 149
NJ 154
AZ 160
MN 201
NC 256
MI 292
IL 312
PA 383
FL 386
CA 596

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Transportation Contribution to Total State GHG Emissions

State Transportation Percent
MN 19%
IA 20%
MI 22%
NM 22%
UT 23%
CO 25%
MT 25%
AR 27%
PA 27%
MD 31%
NC 32%
AK 34%
SC 35%
AZ 37%
CA 38%
NJ 38%
NY 39%
OR 40%
VT 42%
ME  44%
WA 47%
FL 52%

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GHG Reductions from Plan

State Total Remaining Emissions Emissions Reduced by Plan Total Forecast GHGs Percent
VT 1.4 10.6 12 88%
IA 31 108 139 78%
NM 34 68 102 67%
FL 165 221 386 57%
AR 56 58 114 51%
SC 64 61 125 49%
NC 137 119 256 46%
MN 112 89 201 44%
MI 166 126 292 43%
AZ 91 69 160 43%
PA 227 156 383 41%
MT 30 12 42 29%
CO 106 42 148 28%
CA 442 154 596 26%
NJ 116 38 154 25%
AK 49 11 60 18%
NY 65 11 76 14%
IL 276 36 312 12%
ME  26 3 29 10%

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Mitigation Strategies in 30 CAPs

Strategy Category Total AK AR AZ CA CO CT FL IA IL  MA MD ME MI MN MT NC NH NJ NM NV NY OR PA RI SC UT VA VT WA WI
Combined Smart Growth/Transit Measures 0                                                            
LDV Efficiency Improvements 2       1                                 1                  
Vehicle and Fuels R&D 5 1 1       1                   1         1                  
LDV Tires 7     1       1 1             1       1     1 1              
Parking, Road, and Fuel Pricing 8         1           1           1 1               1 1 1 1  
Integrate GHGs in Decision Making 9 1             1   1 1             1       1         1   1 1
Public Education 9   1     1 1             1   1     1       1       1 1      
Other 10                   1 1           1 1   1 1     1 1 1     1  
Non-road Measures 11 1     1         1 1         1     1   1         1     1 1 1
HDV Retrofit or Replacement 12 1   1 1   1           1     1 1 1   1           1   1   1  
Pay-As-You-Drive Insurance 12     1   1           1 1   1   1 1 1 1         1     1 1    
Freight Systems Strategies 13   1   1   1 1 1   1     1 1 1       1 1 1 1                
Commuter Benefits/Trip Reduction Programs 14   1     1     1   1       1     1 1     1 1   1 1 1 1 1    
Traffic Speed/Flow Measures 15 1   1       1           1 1 1   1 1 1     1     1 1 1   1 1
HDV Anti-idling Measures 17 1   1   1         1   1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1     1 1     1 1     1
LDV and HDV Fleet-based Measures 17 1 1 1     1     1 1       1 1 1   1 1 1   1   1   1 1     1
LDV Clean Vehicle Purchase Incentives 20   1 1   1 1 1 1 1 1   1     1 1 1 1 1     1   1 1   1 1   1
LDV New Vehicle Emissions Standards 21     1 1 1 1   1 1 1   1   1 1 1 1   1 1 1 1 1   1 1     1 1
Transit and Alt. Modes 22 1 1 1 1 1     1   1 1   1 1   1 1 1       1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Alt. Fuels/Low Carbon Fuel Standard 27 1   1 1 1   1 1 1   1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Smart Growth 29 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1   1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

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Effectiveness of Individual Mitigation Strategies

Strategy Category AK AR AZ CA CO FL IA MD ME MI MN MT NC NM NY OR PA SC VT WA High Low Close
LDV New Vehicle Emissions Stds.     10% 14% 9%   3%   8%   3% 9% 10% 9% 9% 15% 14% 3%   1% 14% 0% 8%
Alt. Fuels/Low Carbon Fuel Std. 1%   2% 7% 6% 6% 19% 5% 6% 9% 9% 0% 6% 8% 2% 2% 12% 10% 9% 9% 19% 0% 7%
Combined Smart Growth/Transit   1%         1%               4%   6%   20%   20% 1% 6%
Pay as You Drive Insurance     5%   3%     11% 3%   5%   7% 4%         7%   11% 3% 5%
Smart Growth 0%   7% 2% 1% 2%   11% 2% 1% 5% 1% 10% 6%   1%   5%   3% 11% 0% 4%
LDV Clean Vehicle Purchase Incentives   0% 0%   0% 1% 13%   0%     0% 3% 0%   0%   0% 13%   13% 0% 3%
Transit and Alt. Modes 0% 0% 0% 0% 3%   0% 8%   1% 1%   7%     0%   0% 7% 6% 7% 0% 2%
Commuter Benefits/Trip Reduction   0%     1%   0%       1%       1% 0%   1% 4%   4% 0% 1%
Freight systems strategies   2%   2%   1% 2%     1% 0% 1%   2% 1% 0%         2% 0% 1%
HDV Retrofit or Replacement 0%   0% 0%         6%     0% 3% 0%       0%   1% 6% 0% 1%
HDV anti-idling measures 0%   2%   0%       0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 3%   0% 0%       3% 0% 1%
Non-road Measures 0%     0%               0%           0% 4% 0% 4% 0% 1%
Traffic Speed/Flow Measures 0%   1%     3%       0% 1% 0%   1%   0%   0%   0% 3% 0% 1%
LDV and HDV Fleet-based Measures 0% 0% 0%               1% 0% 0% 0%   0%         1% 0% 0%

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Requirements for Enactment (Hurdle #1)

   No. of Strategies
(% of total) 
MMtCO2e Reduced
(% of total) 
Public Funding  60% 29%
Legislation or Rulemaking  77% 94%
Major Public Agency Initiative  35% 25%
Private Industry Collaboration  39% 20%
All Strategies in Sample  84 (100%)  134.6 (100%) 

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Updated: 03/27/2014
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