Florida

Florida has made some recent progress on climate action, largely due to the state’s extreme vulnerability to climate impacts.

Legislative Profile

Governor: Ron DeSantis (R)

House: Republican majority

Senate: Republican majority

Key Resources

Emissions Reduction Targets

No Emissions Reduction Targets

2019 GHG Emissions By Sector (%)

  • Commercial
  • Electric
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture

Source: EPA State Inventory Tool (SIT)

Use the + icons in each policy area below to explore climate policy that has been passed at the state level, with links to relevant legislation and trackers. Policies in gray have not yet been passed in this state.

Climate Governance & Equity

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Climate Governance

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Climate Action Plan

Florida Energy and Climate Plan (2019)

Plan Status

Finalized

Climate Bureaucracy

Interagency Commissions/Task Forces

Non-Governmental Advisory Bodies

Florida Advisory Council on Climate and Energy

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

Green Bank

Solar Energy Loan Fund

Establishing Legislation

Lead by Example

ACEEE Score – 1.5 out of 2 points**

Public Fleet ZEV Requirements

Equity

Environmental Justice Community Designation

State EJ Mapping Tools

EJ Community Benefit Requirement

EJ Bureaucracy

EJ Advisory Bodies

Center for Environmental Justice and Equity

EJ Government Staff

**The ACEEE Energy Efficiency Scorecard analyzes the policies and programs states adopt to save energy in public sector buildings and transportation fleets. States can earn up to 2 points.

Adaptation & Resilience

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Governance and Planning

Governance Structures

Office Designation

CS/HB 7053 (2022) – Establishes the Statewide Office of Resilience within the Office of the Governor

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection

Chief Resilience Officer

Task Force/Advisory Group

Florida Hub for Applied Research and Innovation

Cabinet Commissions and Committees

Adaptation and Resilience Plans

Action Plans

CS/HB 7053 (2022) – Requires the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to develop a Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan every 3 years

Assessments

CS/HB 7053 (2022) – Requires the DEP to complete a comprehensive statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise assessment

Frameworks

Florida Adaptation Planning Guide

Florida Adaptation Planning Guidebook (2018)

Climate Hazard Mitigation Plans

Solutions and Funding

Building Codes, Land Use, and Zoning

SB 178 (2020) – Requires state-financed coastal construction projects to account for seal-level rise and flooding risks

SB 1094 (2015) – Requires consideration of future flood risk from storm surge and sea level rise in local government comprehensive plans

Built/Hard Infrastructure

CS/HB 7053 (2022) – Require the Florida DOT to develop a resilience action plan for the state highway system

2045 Florida Transportation Plan (2020)

Grid Resilience Measures

SB 796 (2019) – Public Utility Storm Protection Plans

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Act 2021-181/SB 976 (2021) – Creates incentives to preserve the state’s green infrastructure and wildlife habitats

State Funding

Development Funding

SB 1954 (2021) – Creates the Resilient Florida Grant Program to provide grants to local governments to fund community resilience planning

Florida Resilient Coastlines Program

Disaster Relief Funding

Act 2021-8/SB 2006 (2021) – Legislative Budget Commission to convene to transfer certain funds to the Emergency Preparedness and Response Fund

Act 2021-37/SB 2502 (2021) – Appropriations, extends hurricane loss mitigation program

Electricity

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Renewables and Energy Storage

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Distributed Generation/Solar Carve-out

SPOT Components – 0 out of 5*

Net Metering

SPOT Components – 5 out of 11*

Energy Storage Standard

SPOT Components – 0 out of 5*

Shared Renewables

SPOT Components – 1 out of 6*

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Grid and Utility Reform

Clean Energy Plan

Grid Modernization Plan

The GridWise Alliance’s Grid Modernization Index (GMI) evaluates and ranks the status of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and D.C.

50-state Ranking – 29th

Interconnection Standards

SPOT Components – 4 out of 6*

Utility Green Power Option

SPOT Components – 1 out of 6*

New Utility Business Model Proceeding

SPOT Components – 0 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buildings & Efficiency

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Building Energy Codes

Residential Codes

SPOT Components – 5 out of 6*

Statewide code – 2018 IECC

Commercial Codes

SPOT Components – 5 out of 6*

Statewide code – 2018 IECC

Stretch or Reach Codes

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Efficiency Programs and Incentives

Weatherization Programs

SPOT Components – 2 out of 4*

Energy Auditing Programs

Retrocommissioning Programs

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

SPOT Components – 7 out of 10*

Energy Savings Performance Contracting

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Standards and Market Mechanisms

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

SPOT Components – 1 out of 5*

Building Performance Standard (BPS)

Appliance Performance Standard (APS)

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buildings Data Disclosure

Transportation

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Vehicle Standards and Incentives

Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standards

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandates

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle (MHDVs) Sales Standards

Electric Vehicle Incentives

SPOT Components – 1 out of 5*

Charging Infrastructure Incentives

SPOT Components – 2 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

State Planning and Investment

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Decarbonization Plan

EV and EV Charging Infrastructure Plans

EV Transit Bus Deployment

The ACEEE Transportation Electrification Scorecard analyzes the level of investment and policies states adopt to procure electric transit buses. States can earn up to 6 points.

ACEEE Score – 1 out of 6 points

Bicycle Friendly State

The League of American Bicyclists’ State Report Cards evaluate and rank the safety and efficiency of active transportation systems across all 50 states.

50-state Ranking – 8th

Agriculture

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Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture Governance

Mandate Source

Task Force Portal or Action Plan

Florida Energy and Climate Plan

Financial Incentives

Technical Assistance and Education Programs

Food Waste Bans and Targets

Industry, Materials, and Waste Management

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Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Regulations

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buy Clean Requirements

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Last Updated June 2022