Elrich Unveils Climate Plan ‘Among the Most Ambitious in the World’ to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On Wednesday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich unveiled the county’s Climate Action Plan.

At the Marian Fryer Town Plaza in Downtown Wheaton, Elrich said the county’s climate goals aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035 compared to 2005 levels.

“They are among the most ambitious in the world,” Elrich said.

The plan outlines 86 climate actions and the county expects to act on 75 in the fiscal year 2022. Recommendations focus on reducing emissions in energy, buildings and transportation, reducing climate risk and centering racial equity, among other recommendations.

Elrich said it will take all county residents to make the plan successful. He said Montgomery County should treat the climate crisis with the same level of urgency as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the Climate Action Plan.

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