Pennsylvania Carbon Management Advisory Group

PEC helped launch and coordinate the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resource’s Carbon Management Advisory Group.


In 2008 the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) released a report representing the recommendations of the agency’s Carbon Management Advisory Group – a collaborative project that started in 2006 with PEC to show the potential costs and carbon benefits of different management options. 65 stakeholders representing non-governmental organizations.

Academia, and state government participated in preparing the report.

The report made recommendations on policy options that DCNR could pursue, using Pennsylvania’s land and geology, to address global warming.

“Climate change is perhaps the single, biggest, long-term threat to Pennsylvania’s existing natural heritage and the sustainability of our economy,” said Michael DiBerardinis, then-Secretary of DCNR. “Our goal is to understand Pennsylvania’s forest, its geologic and biomass resources, and open the way for future innovation in a world where carbon dioxide emissions are tightly controlled.”

 

The report recommendations are in four categories

 

Geologic Sequestration 
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  • Develop protocols for siting and operating geologic sequestration projects in Pennsylvania.
  • Develop a pilot project to demonstrate geologic sequestration in western Pennsylvania.
  • Develop a pilot project to show geologic sequestration in conjunction with coal bed methane production in the anthracite region of northeastern Pennsylvania.

 

Forest Management

  • Consider planting vegetation on underutilized land, such as abandoned mine lands, oil and gas well sites, brownfields, marginal agricultural land and riparian areas.
  • Increase sequestration on managed forests in Pennsylvania.
  • Consider using local wood for small scale local district combined heat and power and liquid fuel production, but pay close attention to biomass supply.
  • Plant trees in urban areas.

 

Landscape Conservation

  • Consider direct DCNR acquisition and protection of forest land.
  • Develop incentives to protect forests from development.

 

Registries would serve the following purposes:

  • Support implementation of comprehensive statewide climate mitigation actions related to forestry and geologic resources.
  • Establish quantitative implementation baselines for current and future state policies, programs, and projects.

 

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