Climate Pollution Reduction Grant

North Carolina's Priority Climate Action Plan

Read the plan and share your comments on North Carolina's priority greenhouse gas reduction measures.


North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality is partnering with the US Environmental Protection Agency to ensure the health and well-being of North Carolinians and to support global initiatives to mitigate climate impacts through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollutants. 

As a part of the Inflation Reduction Act, the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant program provides states, local governments, territories and tribes with funds to develop and implement plans for achieving these objectives. North Carolina received a $3 million award for planning activities and is competing for the $4.6 billion implementation grant that EPA will award in 2024.

Climate Action Plans

The cover page for the North Carolina Priority Climate Action Plan

As part of the CPRG program, North Carolina is required to develop a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) and a Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP). The PCAP was developed with stakeholder and public engagement and identifies North Carolina’s highest priority greenhouse gas reduction measures and the path to ensure equitable implementation for the benefit all North Carolinians. The CCAP will update and expand upon North Carolina’s existing climate strategies, ensuring that these documents align with the latest available science, modeling, and best practices.  

Read the Plan

Public Engagement

DEQ is conducting public engagement and accepting public comments on how to best implement the CPRG throughout the project timeline. Public feedback will help DEQ determine the program's direction, priorities, and future projects. The timeline for public engagement is outlined below.

  • Nov. - Jan. 2024: DEQ solicited ideas for projects and greenhouse gas reduction measures to implement through the CPRG program. Any individual or group can submit project ideas. Collected responses will help DEQ identify opportunities to collaborate on new or existing projects.
  • Jan. 12 - Jan. 28, 2024: DEQ accepted public comments on the Draft Priority Measures that informed the CPRG Priority Climate Action Plan. Read the press release.
  • Mar. 5 - Jun. 3, 2024: DEQ is accepting public comment on North Carolina's Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP). Comments and feedback from future public engagement sessions will be considered as DEQ develops the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan.
  • Coming in 2025: Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP).

Comments can be emailed to with “CPRG Comment” in the subject line, or via voicemail by calling (919) 707-8757.

Past Stakeholder Engagement Sessions

DEQ held in-person and online public information sessions on the CPRG project planning process between November 2023 and January 2024. Please view the table below for the event dates, recordings and presentations.

Event Type Date Time Address

In person


November 28, 2023 6:30 p.m.

Fayetteville Technical Community College

General Classroom Building, Room 114

2817 Fort Bragg Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28303

Campus map

In person


December 5, 2023 6:30 p.m.

Western Piedmont Community College

Foothills Higher Education Center Room H163

2128 South Sterling Street, Morganton, NC 28655




December 7, 2023 6:30 p.m. State-wide




January 4, 2024 6:30 p.m. State-wide




January 9, 2024 6:30 p.m. State-wide


Meeting Materials

CPRG Flyer

CPRG Stakeholder Presentation

CPRG Feedback Handout

Spanish materials:

CPRG presentación de partes interesadas (español)

CPRG folleto de comentarios (español)