ECA Mass Research Team
The objective of the ECA Mass Research team is to inform local and national ECA members, other climate change activists, and the broader public about climate change: its causes, its manifestations, possible solutions, tipping points, and the urgency of action. We build on existing research and seek to (a) make this research understandable to our audience, (b) help focus ECA’s advocacy and policies, and (c) motivate people to take action. (the full mission statement for the ECA Mass Research team is here).
In support of our mission to combat climate change, we presented an educational series aimed at Massachusetts climate activists who want to understand and participate in the state’s planning to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Part 1 – Getting to and beyond Net Zero – a Massachusetts approach. This video covers.
- Why we must go beyond net zero to “net negative” emissions.
- Progress the state has made to date in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Core principles and values moving forward.
The slides for Part 1 are here.
- Part 2 – Getting Rid of Fossil Fuels in Transportation and Buildings. This video covers.
- The primary strategy – electrification with clean electricity.
- Transportation electrification – approaches, challenges, alternatives.
- Building electrification – approaches, challenges, alternatives.
- Impact on demand for electricity
The slides for Part 2 are here.
- Part 3 – Achieving 100% Clean Electricity in Massachusetts. This video covers.
- The key requirements for electricity
- A close look at wind and solar – the variable renewables.
- Approaches to address variability.
The slides for Part 3 are here.
- Part 4 – A Decade of Change. This video covers.
- The administration’s 2050 Roadmap
- The administration’s draft 2030 CECP (Clean Energy and Climate Plan).
- Climate Legislation – Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy (S.2995).
The slides for Part 4 are here.
- Part 5 – Beyond Energy. This is the final installment of the series. The video covers.
- Non-energy emissions.
- Land sector and carbon sequestration.
The slides for Part 5 are here.
Our advocacy is informed by research that enables us to develop positions that result in the best path forward over the longer term. We need to insure our views are well considered and not “dead ends”. In support of this goal, we have written a number of white papers on a range of topics.
- Restoring the Biosphere to Address Climate Change – November 2020
- The Role of Hydropower in Meeting Our Energy Needs – June 2020
- The Role of Biomass and Bioenergy in Achieving Net Zero Emissions – May 2020
- FAQs Climate Change, Net Zero Emissions, and Energy – August 2019
- Mass Electric Use and Source in 2050 (can regional renewables meet demand) – February 2018
- What does 100% renewable energy mean? – February 2017
- Relation between Clean Energy Standard and Renewable Portfolio Standard (why raising the RPS may be more complicated than you think) – February 2018