BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The state’s first Climate Action Plan was unanimously approved Monday by the Climate Initiatives Task Force.

According to the governor’s office, Louisiana’s Plan contains a balanced set of recommendations to limit the severity of climate change while positioning the state to maintain its economic competitiveness in a low-carbon future.

“Today represents a step forward on a new path toward a brighter future for our climate and for our economy,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “I am sincerely grateful for the leadership and commitment shown by every member of this Task Force. They confronted a difficult issue with immense implications for our state with dedication, commitment, and integrity. While creating consensus around these strategies was not always easy, they ultimately chose action over inaction. I thank them for their work and look forward to continuing the partnership as we move this plan into implementation.”

The Climate Action Plan includes 28 strategies and 84 specific actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“From the outset, it was clear that this planning effort had to grapple with more than just greenhouse gas emissions,” said Harry Vorhoff, the chairman’s designee on the Climate Initiatives Task Force and Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities. “Addressing climate change has significant implications for our communities, environment, and economy. Each of those perspectives was reflected in the membership of our Task Force and committees, which helped us maximize co-benefits and avoid potential harms in each recommendation for taking climate action.”

According to a news release from Edwards’ office, the Climate Action Plan contains recommendations spanning eight sections:

  • Clean Energy Transition
  • Industrial Decarbonization
  • Actively Managed Methane Emissions
  • Transportation, Development, and the Built Environment
  • Natural and Working Lands and Wetlands
  • An Inclusive, Low-Carbon Economy
  •  Collaboration and Partnership to Ensure Successful Implementation
  • Accountability and Adaptability to Ensure Lasting Success

Edwards’ announcement said the plan also includes three priority policy pillars: renewable electricity generation, industrial electrification, and industrial fuel switching to low- and no-carbon hydrogen.

The plan will be delivered to Edwards on Feb. 1 and the Task Force will be meeting again in March.

For more information about the Climate Action Plan, click here.