Climate Change Measures

March 28, 2024

HB 5004 "An Act Concerning the Implementation of Certain Climate Change Measures," was subject to an Environment Committee public hearing on March 8 and was passed out of the Environment Committee 23-11 last week. It now heads to the House Floor for consideration.

The bill, referred to as the 2024 Connecticut Climate Protection Act, is a priority for the House Democratic Caucus.

The bill seeks to respond to the climate crisis by:

1) Updating the Global Warming Solutions Act to make Connecticut's greenhouse gas emissions targets more in line with other states in the region;

2) Creating incentives for businesses that engage in clean economy sectors or employ environmentally sustainable practices;

3) Developing plans for transitioning to a clean economy, including workforce training and long-term policy implementation;

4) Supporting nature-based solutions, such as preserving marshlands and forests.