NDEP GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY 2019: POLICIES THAT COULD ACHIEVE REDUCTIONS IN PROJECTED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY SECTOR
As required by SB 254, this section identifies policies that could achieve reductions in projected greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, organized by the GHG emissions sectors in this report. As noted in the introduction to this report, NDEP has included GHG emissions from the “waste” sector as an additional contributor to GHG emissions in Nevada necessary for monitoring and identifying policy proposals. NDEP coordinated with the Governor’s Office of Energy, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN), the Nevada Department of Transportation, and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles in the identification of these policies. NDEP also reviewed policies included in climate change planning documents recently generated by the U.S. Climate Alliance, New Mexico, and Colorado, and other relevant sources.
This list is an initial identification of policies that could reduce Nevada’s GHG emissions. It is not a list of recommendations. Individual policies listed herein need further evaluation to determine whether additional planning, legal review, economic impact and cost-benefit analyses, regulation, and/or legislation may be required prior to implementation. As required by Executive Order 2019-22, state agencies will be developing a specific set of policy and budget recommendations in a State Climate Strategy to be prepared by December 1, 2020. Policies are not listed in order of priority or feasibility.
In addition to the sector-specific policies listed below, comprehensive economy-wide programs—including market-based mechanisms—need further evaluation to determine what may be appropriate for Nevada’s GHG emissions profile.
Establish a Lead-by-Example Program for State Agencies
State agencies can demonstrate leadership in reducing GHG emissions within their activities and operations. The program would identify multiple pathways to meet GHG reduction goals and provide necessary assistance to all state agencies in achieving the goals of the Lead-by-Example (LBE) Program. The program would promote sustainability activities within state government such as green building practices, waste reduction, alternative fuels, recycling programs, and sustainable travel.