New Hampshire develops Priority Climate Action Plan

New Hampshire develops Priority Climate Action Plan Image credit: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has developed a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) utilizing a planning grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The PCAP includes the following: 

  • a summary of New Hampshire’s past and present greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; 
  • a detailed, state-level greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory; 
  • a list of priority measures that could reduce the state’s GHG emissions; and 
  • an analysis of how those measures would benefit low-income, disadvantaged communities in the state.

The plan includes 10 priority measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The measures include expansion of existing transportation options such as local and regional bus systems. Eligible entities may apply to the EPA for competitive grants to implement these priority measures. Funding for the measure could be used to:

  • Support charging infrastructure to assist transit systems in procuring commercially available transit buses with cleaner alternative fuels to spur the transition to cleaner fleets. 
  • Incentivize increased adoption of battery electric or low-emission transit vehicles through vehicle purchases or pilot projects.
  • Help finance transit station upgrades, including electrification and decarbonization of buildings, improvements to resiliency for service continuity, and acquisition of real estate. 
  • Connect more people with public transit by supporting “first-mile/last-mile” solutions, such as increased access to public or private micro-mobility devices or autonomous EVs.
  • Improving intermodal transportation connections (i.e., travel by two or modes of transportation).
  • Support technical assistance by New Hampshire’s Regional Planning Commissions to communities developing and implementing new or expanded transit programs.  

There will be a total of $4.6 billion available nationally for implementation; EPA anticipates awarding individual grants between $2 million and $500 million.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services