Climate Action Plan (Virginia)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Virginia

Applies to States or Provinces Virginia
Name Climate Action Plan (Virginia)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Climate Policies
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source Climate Change Action Plan: Virginia CZM Program: EPA Climate and Energy Page:


Governor Timothy M. Kaine established the Governor's Commission on Climate Change in December 2007. The commission prepared a plan for Virginia that identified ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. During the development of the plan, the commission took the following steps:

Inventoried the amount of and contributors to Virginia’s greenhouse gas emissions, including emissions projections through 2025

Inventory and projection of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (2000 – 2025) - added 12.19.2008 Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (1990 - 1999) - added 12.19.2008

GHG inventory - final draft

Evaluated the expected impacts of climate change on Virginia’s citizens, natural resources and economy

Identify climate change approaches being pursued by other states, regions and the federal government

Identified what Virginia needs to do to prepare for the likely consequences of climate change Identified any actions (beyond those identified in the Virginia Energy Plan) that need to be taken to achieve the 30 percent greenhouse gas reduction goal

The Virginia Energy Plan, released in September 2007, set a goal for the Commonwealth to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025. The reduction in emissions will be partially achieved through energy conservation and renewable energy actions listed in the energy plan.

Policy Contact

Department Virginia Department of Environmental Qualiry

Phone 804-698-4000