Climate change is a huge, complicated issue. In tackling a challenge of this scale, Delaware is taking action across state agencies to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, and to fortify the state against the impacts we already have begun to experience.
76 percent of Delawareans support immediate action to reduce the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.
The overwhelming majority of Delawareans accept that climate change and sea level rise are impacting the state. 70 percent of Delawareans support putting state and local government efforts and funds toward projects that will prepare and protect our infrastructure. Below, you'll find examples of the climate action the state is taking.
For more information on what you and your community can do, visit the "What Can I Do?" webpage.
Executive Order 41 and the Cabinet Committee on Climate and Resiliency
Executive Order 41: Preparing Delaware for Emerging Climate Impacts and Seizing Economic Opportunities from Reducing Emissions is the road map for state agencies to prepare for the impacts of climate change and to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Signed in 2013, it is the backbone behind many state agency activities that will help reduce the impact of climate change to the state.
The Executive Order also established the Cabinet Committee on Climate and Resiliency. Through research and collaboration, the Committee developed a goal to reduce Delaware's greenhouse gas emission 30% by 2030. The Committee was also designed to guide state agencies through the process of implementing and carrying out Executive Order 41. They developed a climate change action plan known as the Climate Framework for Delaware, and are charged with producing progress reports that keep the Governor, legislators, and public informed on the progress of these mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Climate Framework for Delaware
The Climate Framework for Delaware identifies actions and strategies that each Delaware state agency can take to help prepare the state for the effects of climate change in ways that relate to the agency's mission. It includes 155 concrete recommended actions that Delaware state agenices can use to protect public health, infrastructure, economy and natural resources under three objectives:
- Adaptation: Protecting Delawareans in the face of impending climate change consequences
- Mitigation: Reducing greenhouse gases and environmental impacts of state operations in order to reduce the driving human forces of climate change
- Flood Avoidance: Identifying areas and infrastructure that are put at risk from current and future flooding, and fortifying existing structures in high-risk areas.
Climate Action in Delaware:
2016 Progress Report
Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report provides an update on the actions and goals outlined in the Climate Framework for Delaware. This report highlights the actions and accomplishments made by Delaware's state government to curb greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change - what has been accomplished and what work is still to be done moving forward. It also provides an overview of local government actions and sets out a vision for the future.
- Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report
- Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report with Adaptation Appendix
- Adaptation Appendix
Delaware's Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan
Preparing for Tomorrow's High Tide provides recommendations for Delaware agencies, local governments, businesses and citizens to plan for and put in place strategies for responding to rising sea levels. It was prepared and approved by the 24-member Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee.
For more information, visit de.gov/slradaptplan.