- to identify cost-effective opportunities for reducing Delaware’s greenhouse gas emissions
- to raise the awareness of climate change
- to create an action plan with practical, analytically-based strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A summary of potential impacts of climate change on natural resources in Delaware is available through Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The Delaware Climate Change Consortium, a body of representatives from government, business, labor, environmental and community-based organizations adopted a greenhouse emissions reduction target for Delaware of 7% below the state’s 1990 emissions by the year 2010. Subsequently, the DCCC worked with the University of Delaware to develop the Delaware Climate Action Plan in 2000. In this Action Plan, the DCCC has developed a set of policy options that can reduce Delaware’s greenhouse gas emissions by 7% below the 1990 level. This amounts to a decrease of almost 25% in State emissions by 2010. The project's primary goals were: