Governor and REMDR announce pre-filing of Clean Futures Act

NMED Secretary James Kenney

REMDR News:

SANTA FE — The Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) announced Friday that House Bill 6, the Clean Future Act, was pre-filed by Rep. Nathan Small.

The bill will be sponsored in the Senate by Senator Siah Correa Hemphill. This bill requires New Mexico to have a net zero emissions by 2050, among others, and is a governor’s priority bill.

Led by the Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources, the Clean Future Act (CFA) would establish New Mexico’s emissions reduction targets in law.

More specifically, the CFA establishes the following objectives:

  • By 2030, direct statewide greenhouse gas emissions must be 50% below 2005 levels;
  • By 2050, all statewide greenhouse gas emissions must be fully offset (“net zero”); and
  • In 2050 and beyond, direct greenhouse gas emissions will also be capped at 10% of 2005 levels, ensuring a further reduction in absolute emissions against the 2030 target. not rebound simply because they can be offset.

“The codification of this administration’s aggressive climate goals ensures that New Mexico remains on a clear and continuous path to net zero, no matter who is in the Roundhouse,” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “There really is no time to lose in mitigating the impacts of climate change, and this legislation builds on our significant progress to continue to address this challenge in a meaningful way.”

The bill also provides:

  • A requirement that the New Mexico Department of Environment (NMED) request the Environmental Improvement Council by June 30, 2025 to enact rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from sources subject to the Air Quality Control Act.
  • Annual reporting requirements for the state government on emissions and emission reduction activities, including the impacts of climate change on disproportionately affected communities.
  • REMDR and NMED annual report on the state’s progress toward meeting the greenhouse gas emission limits established in law. These reports, and the actions outlined therein, will prioritize coordination and consideration of environmental and economic progress for communities disproportionately affected.
  • Requirement for agencies to assess and identify additional policies and strategies annually to reduce emissions, such as energy efficiency opportunities for low-income households.

“The Clean Future Act is an important starting point for additional climate action in New Mexico,” said Sarah Cottrell Propst, secretary of REMD. “We look forward to incorporating public comments and advancing this bill through the legislative session.”

“We are entering the race to net carbon emissions with the proposed Clean Future Act,” said NMED Secretary James Kenney. “Once the law is signed, reducing greenhouse gas emissions will remain a top priority for New Mexico for years to come.”

“I am proud to sponsor the Clean Future Act which once again demonstrates New Mexico’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases,” said Rep. Nathan Small. “By reducing emissions, we can ensure a healthier environment for all New Mexicans.”

Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments on the bill to [email protected] by noon Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

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