What can Delaware do about climate change?
Delaware can prepare for climate change by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and maximizing resilience to climate change impacts.
Greenhouse gas emissions drive the climate change we see today. Check out the fact sheet and infographic for an overview of potential actions Delaware could take to minimize emissions.
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DNREC partnered with consultants to analyze what Delaware’s greenhouse gas emissions could look like over the next three decades. The technical analysis considered two scenarios: (1) Delaware takes no new actions to minimize emissions (i.e., business-as-usual), and (2) Delaware implements new and expanded strategies to minimize emissions. To see the results of this technical analysis, check out the Executive Summary and Full Report.
Maximizing Resilience to Climate Change Impacts
Three of the most prominent climate change impacts in Delaware are sea level rise, increased temperatures, and heavy precipitation and flooding. Check out the videos and fact sheets below for an overview of these impacts and the potential actions Delaware could take to address them.
Public participation has been essential to developing Delaware’s Climate Action Plan.
In addition to public workshops, online surveys and comment forms soliciting public input, DNREC sought insight from Delaware-based technical stakeholders in the buildings, electric power, industrial transportation and waste sectors — along with staff from 10 state agencies — on potential actions to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and maximize resilience to climate change impacts.
Input received from all these engagement activities will help inform Delaware’s Climate Action Plan, which is set for release in winter 2021. Summaries of these activities, and the input received, are included below.
Public Participation Highlights
- More than 250 people participated in an initial round of public workshops, held in each county in March
- A follow-up series of virtual workshops held in September and October attracted nearly 390 attendees across five sessions.
- Online surveys hosted on this website in the spring and fall — aimed at gathering input from those unable to attend a public workshop — garnered more than 520 responses.
- Residents, businesses and organizations submitted more than 50 additional written comments and questions on the plan.
Residents, businesses and organizations submitted more than 50 written comments and questions on the plan.
Spring Workshops: The state hosted an initial round of public workshops and technical advisory workshops on Delaware’s Climate Action Plan in early March 2020. See below to view the workshop summary reports and the presentation slides used at the public workshops.
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Fall Workshops: The state hosted a series of virtual public workshops between September 15 and October 1 to solicit feedback on specific actions Delaware can take to address climate change. The first workshop, held on September 15 and repeated on September 17, looked at actions the state can take to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The other workshops considered actions the state can take to maximize Delaware’s resilience to climate change impacts, including workshops on sea level rise (September 24), increased temperatures (September 29) and heavy precipitation and flooding (October 1).
Public Questions and Answers
These documents provide a list of questions that were submitted during the Climate Action Plan virtual public workshop sessions held between September 15 and October 1, 2020. Answers to all questions are included and come from DNREC’s Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy, in consultation with technical experts from within DNREC and other state agencies. These documents will be integrated into the forthcoming public workshop summary reports.