Priority Climate Action Plan

Priority Climate Action Plan

Product No.: 24137
Date Published: 03/2024

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The Priority Climate Action Plan identifies high priority, ready-to-implement greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures that will provide significant GHG reductions and other benefits to the Philadelphia MSA. A measure’s inclusion is a prerequisite for agencies and organizations to compete for implementation grant funding in the second phase of the CPRG program. Accordingly, the measures identified are designed to be broad enough to encompass regional and local priorities for addressing climate pollution. The nine measures are actions to: support decarbonization of local government operations, implement energy efficiency, electrification and clean energy for residential and commercial buildings, transition light-duty vehicles to low-

or no-carbon emission vehicles, expand and improve transit, implement bicycle, pedestrian, and active transportation improvements, implement a clean electricity grid and ensure grid reliability, reduce waste and better manage waste generated, and reduce emissions at wastewater treatment plants and increase generation of biomethane. The PCAP was produced through an inclusive process, within a very limited timeline, that centered those most marginalized by the impacts of climate pollution. The PCAP sets the foundation for upcoming deeper engagement, to ensure equitable outcomes, through the creation of the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) through 2024 and 2025.

Geographic Area Covered: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties, New Jersey; New Castle County, Delaware; and Cecil County, Maryland. DVRPC added Mercer County, NJ as it is one of DVRPC’s member governments but is within the Trenton-Princeton, NJ MSA.

Key Words: Climate pollution, climate action, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG), Inflation Reduction Act, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, GHG inventory, low income and disadvantaged communities (LIDACs), decarbonization, clean energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, active transportation, clean electricity grid, waste, wastewater, biomethane

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Project Team

  • Christopher Linn Manager,Office of Climate and Environment
  • Elizabeth Compitello Manager, Office of Sustainable Energy
  • Brooke Garcher Sustainability Program Analyst
  • Kimberly Dean Manager, Office of Creative and Print Services
  • Alexa Ringer Sustainable Energy Intern
  • Karin Morris Director of Community Planning

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