The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is on track to issue the Tennessee Volunteer Emissions Reduction Strategy (TVERS), the state’s first climate action plan under the Inflation Reduction Act. A two-part process, TVERS involves identifying high-priority measures to reduce GHG emissions in the near term (the Priority Climate Action Plan), followed by a second plan to identify more comprehensive and long-term solutions to GHG reduction (the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan). A vital part of the process is public input
As such, TDEC has provided numerous opportunities for stakeholder engagement – hosting five public meetings, an informational webinar, and a three-month long survey period to gather data on pressing areas of concern. The final plan will incorporate comments, create an inventory of the state’s biggest climate offenders, and develop specific strategies to cut pollution.
TDEC is in the planning stage for both plans, scheduled for completion by March 2024 and Fall 2025 respectively.