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Electrifying transportation is key to Northeast emissions reduction

 A man looks into a Nissan Leaf electric car t on the Lower East Side of Manhattan May 6, 2011 in New York.
A man looks into a Nissan Leaf electric car plugged into a charging station on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Photo: Stan Honda/AFP via Getty Images

The recent pace of emission reductions in New York and New England is insufficient to meet 2050 CO2 emissions targets, set at an 80% reduction from 1990 levels, according to the most recent data published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In fact, at recent emission reduction rates, the Northeast region will struggle to make it even halfway to its goal. 

The big picture: While the power sector has made progress, transportation emissions across the Northeast remain stubbornly at or above 1990 levels, and now account for over 40% of all energy-related emissions (e.g., transportation, heating and power generation). Without continued decarbonization of the electric sector, electrification of the transportation sector, and accelerated progress in the heating sector, the Northeast will fall far short of its goal.