Past Events

Public Meetings for the Barriers Report

Public meetings were conducted via WebEx on November 3, 2021 and November 4, 2021 to receive public input that will inform the development of a report on the barriers and opportunities to climate and clean energy services and resources in communities that are historically overburdened and under-resourced. 

Reliability Planning Speaker Session

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority held a Reliability Planning Speaker Session on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. 

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Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report – Public Hearings

The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act directs the Department of Environmental Conservation (The Department) to issue an annual report on statewide greenhouse gas emissions, pursuant to Section 75-0105 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). The Department is preparing the first annual report to be issued in 2021 and is seeking public input on the format of the report, the organization of information to be included in the report, as well as the methodology and analysis used to determine annual statewide greenhouse gas emission levels.

The Department held three virtual public hearings. Additional information, including slides and supplemental documents, may be made available prior to each event here.

Written comments or feedback may be provided at any time and can be mailed to Suzanne Hagell, NYS DEC Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1550 or emailed to Include "Annual Report" in the subject line of the email.

Public Hearing 1 - Outreach Webinar: Annual NYS GHG Emissions Report Overview 

Monday, March 22, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
DEC provided an overview of the annual Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report, per the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The presentation covered the proposed annual process, methodology and analysis. Time was provided to answer questions and take public input on discussed material. 

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Public Hearing 2 - Technical Conference: Oil and Gas Emissions Accounting

Friday, March 26, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This Technical Conference included presentations from Abt, Eastern Research Group, and the Environmental Defense Fund on methods and analysis for estimating in-state and out-of-state emissions from fossil fuel infrastructure. In-state emissions methodologies are also described in NYSERDA's 2018 New York State Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Inventory. Out-of-state fuel cycle emissions are a new addition to the NYS GHG Inventory and a requirement of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.  Time will be provided to answer questions and take public input on discussed material. 

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Public Hearing 3 - Outreach Webinar: Net Emissions Accounting

Monday, March 29, 2021 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act establishes a goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, achieved through a balance of GHG emission sources and sinks. As such, the annual Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report will include an assessment of net emissions. This presentation provided background information on net accounting and highlighted key considerations as well as areas for future improvement. Topics included carbon sequestration, biogenic and anthropogenic emissions, and carbon neutrality in the context of governmental GHG inventory protocols. Time was provided to answer questions and take public input on discussed material. 

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Deep Carbonization Workshop

NYSERDA and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hosted the “Deep Decarbonization Workshop” on December 8, 2020. This technical workshop explored how the latest innovations in decarbonization technologies may help New York achieve its ambitious Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goals.

The workshop featured presentations from nationally renowned technical experts such as the keynote speaker, Saul Griffith, a distinguished energy systems expert, inventor, entrepreneur, and engineer. Mr. Griffith, along with other experts, discussed the opportunities and challenges around innovative climate solutions such as carbon capture; utilization and storage; green-hydrogen; hydrofluorocarbon replacements and process chemicals; and long-duration storage. The workshop also featured a roundtable discussion with leading environmental justice advocates across New York State to explore how innovation in decarbonization can help advance environmental justice priorities.

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Dr. S. Julio Friedmann – Circular Carbon Economy [PDF] Dr. Sunita Satyapal - U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Global Perspectives [PDF]
Kristen Taddonio - HFC Replacements [PDF]
Scott Litzelman Ph.D. and Max Tuttman - Long-Duration Energy Storage as a Decarbonization Enabler [PDF]
Saul Griffith - Rewiring America [PDF]

Transportation Advisory Panel

On October 21, 2020, the Climate Action Council’s Transportation Advisory Panel authorized four broad policy areas for additional study and consideration [PDF]. These policies, intended to guide actionable strategies, will be considered as part of the Climate Action Council’s charge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050. On November 19, 2020, the Transportation Advisory Panel hosted a virtual public meeting. The public was encouraged to review and comment on the proposed policies under consideration or recommend additional areas for review and investigation. These public comments will be reviewed and incorporated into the Transportation Advisory Panel’s policy and strategy development process.

For those individuals or organizations unable to participate during the 11-19-20 meeting, but would still like to provide comments, please complete the comment form available here Transportation Advisory Panel Public CommentLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to or via the United States Postal Service at the address below.  Thank you in advance for sharing your insights.

Transportation Advisory Panel
C/O Abigail Schultz
6th Floor, Room 6N23
50 Wolf Road
Albany, New York 12232

Public Hearings on proposed Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limits Rule

October 20, 2020
2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held two public hearings on October 20, 2020 via webinar.

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Public Webinar on the Value of Carbon

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hosted an informational public webinar will discuss the development of a value of carbon guidance for State agencies. The webinar provided the public the opportunity to learn and ask questions.

DEC is required to establish a value of carbon for use by State agencies per Article 75 of the Environmental Conservation Law, as amended by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. During this webinar, staff discussed the requirements for establishing a value of carbon, how a value of carbon is estimated using both a damages and a marginal abatement approach, key considerations, and examples of how a value of carbon may be used by State agencies.

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.ET

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A recording of the webinar is available on DEC's website .

Comments and questions can be sent to


Deep Carbonization Workshop - December 8, 2020 [PDF]