Delaware’s Climate Action Plan

The warming climate impacts our daily lives and economy, and it affects us all. With all that’s at stake, it’s time for us to act together.

The first Climate Action Plan Implementation Report, assembled by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as required by legislation enacted in the 2023 session, is now available.

For more than a decade, Delaware has taken steps to address the causes and consequences of climate change. There’s still much more to do. Delaware’s Climate Action Plan, which is the result of a year-long process involving residents, businesses and technical experts, is a playbook for how the state can prepare for climate change in the decades ahead.

Action Areas to Minimize Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Clean and renewable energy expansion which has the greatest potential to reduce emissions in the long term.

Energy efficiency measures which can be put in place relatively quickly and implemented through existing programs.

Transportation sector transitions to zero-emission vehicles and more efficient transportation systems.

High global warming potential emissions which include greenhouse gas emissions reductions and management of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide.

Offsetting carbon emissions by preserving forests, croplands, wetlands and urban greenspaces that absorb (or sequester) carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, providing a cost-effective, temporary or long-term carbon storage solution.

Action Areas to Maximize Resilience to Climate Change Impacts

Update or create state regulations that address protection and conservation of vulnerable and impacted resources.

Support communities and stakeholders in the form of trainings, resources and technical assistance.

Create management plans for natural resources, emergency response, state facilities and agency equipment.

Update facility design and operation that accounts for future climate conditions.

Promote research and monitoring that studies the impacts of climate change and methods of adapting.

Engage in outreach and education on climate change impacts and adaptation.

Provide agency support that provides the resources to implement resilience actions.

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