State of Connecticut - Insurance Department

January 15, 2021
CONTACT: Jim Carson, Communications Director

The Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) issued its Phase 1 Report on near-term strategies, Taking Action on Climate Change and Building a More Resilient Connecticut for All, which assesses the state’s progress toward mitigating carbon emissions and addressing climate change adaptation and resilience, and outlines 61 near-term strategies to meet these challenges.

This is the first report published in accordance with Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order No. 3, issued in September 2019, which expanded the scope and responsibilities of the GC3 to include both oversight of mitigation of carbon emissions and climate change adaptation and resilience, and directed the council to provide a report on implementation of these efforts annually.

“The Insurance Department is proud to have been a part of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change. We are working with industry to better drive investment decisions related to fossil fuels, and to encourage insureds to mitigate risk by providing credits for more resilient construction,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew N. Mais. “We are actively working with other states through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to have insurers address their investments in fossil fuels in the hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a major contributor to climate change. Climate change and its side effects—forest fires, stronger and more severe storms, and more frequent droughts – are a threat to property, businesses, and our way of life.”

Click here to read the Governor’s Council on Climate Change press release.