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MI Healthy Climate Plan

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

MI Healthy Climate Plan

About the MI Healthy Climate Plan

Executive Directive 2020-10 charged the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), through its Office of Climate and Energy, with developing the MI Healthy Climate Plan, the state’s action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition toward economy-wide carbon neutrality.

The Plan was developed with input from hundreds of Michigan residents, including leaders and advocates in environmental justice, public transit, local food, climate action, business, labor, academia, government, and people of all political persuasions and walks of life and was released in April 2022.

For questions about the MI Healthy Climate Plan, email EGLE-OCE@Michigan.gov.

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Current initiatives

See a a range of initiatives aimed at combating climate change such as the MI Healthy Climate Corps and how you can get involved

The Objectives

The MI Healthy Climate Plan lays out a pathway for Michigan to reach 100% carbon neutrality by 2050 to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, create good-paying jobs, and build a healthier and more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable Michigan for all Michiganders. It has seven objectives:

  1. Mitigate the worst impacts of climate change
  2. Spur economic development and create good-paying jobs
  3. Protect and improve the health of Michiganders
  4. Position Michigan as a leader in climate action
  5. Protect our natural resources and wildlife
  6. Make Michigan energy independent
  7. Address environmental injustices

The Implementation

The Roadmap to 2030 included in the MI Healthy Climate Plan provides key recommendations to reach our 2030 goals of reducing GHG emissions by 52% from 2005 baselines by 2030 in an equitable manner. Below is a summary of these recommendations.

 

  • Ensure that at least 40 percent of state funding for climate-related and water infrastructure initiatives benefit Michigan’s disadvantaged communities (in line with the federal government’s Justice40 guidelines for federal funding); that Justice40 is developed in partnership with leaders in disadvantaged communities; and that Michigan emphasizes a just transition for all workers through proactive engagement, job training, and workforce development.

  • Generate 60 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable resources and phase out remaining coal-fired power plants by 2030. Limit energy burden from powering and heating homes to not more than 6 percent of annual income for low-income households.

  • Build the infrastructure necessary to support 2 million electric vehicles on Michigan roads by 2030. Increase access to clean transportation options – including public transit – by 15 percent each year.

  • Reduce emissions related to heating Michigan homes and businesses by 17 percent by 2030. Increase investments in repairing and improving buildings to reduce costs for working families and small businesses.

  • Encourage clean innovation hubs where private enterprises strategically co-locate and collaborate to develop and deploy new, cleaner manufacturing technologies and conduct research and development to reduce emissions from hard to decarbonize industries. Triple Michigan’s recycling rate to 45 percent and cut food waste in half by 2030.

  • Protect 30 percent of Michigan’s land and water by 2030 to naturally capture GHG emissions, maintain and improve access to recreational opportunities for all Michiganders, and protect biodiversity. Leverage innovative strategies to support climate-smart agriculture.

aerial drone photo of a tree lined road along the shoreline of a lake in Michigan
aerial drone photo of a tree lined road along the shoreline of a lake in Michigan

Michigan: one of only 14 states with bold economy-wide goals

✔ Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 and 52% by 2030
✔ Achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050
✔ Maintain net negative greenhouse gas emissions thereafter


Visit the portal

MI Healthy Climate Plan Online Portal provides an interactive experience where you can learn about current climate initiatives.