Tennessee Volunteer Emission Reduction Strategy

The Tennessee Volunteer Emission Reduction Strategy (TVERS) is an emission reduction plan currently being developed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) with support from various partners. This plan is funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program, which was established in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). Through this program, funding is being provided to states, local governments, air pollution control agencies, tribes, and territories to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other harmful air pollutants. Tennessee accepted allocated funding to participate in this federally funded initiative, with TDEC as the state grant recipient. As part of this program, TDEC is working closely with the three municipalities in Tennessee who also received funding: Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.

Timeline and Updates

  • Summer 2023: Grant Funding Awarded
  • March 1, 2024: Submission of Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) to EPA
  • April 1, 2024: Implementation Grant Application due to EPA        
    • EPA anticipates notification of award in late Summer 2024
  • Summer 2025: Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) due to EPA
    • Summer - Fall 2024: Engagement Opportunities to support CCAP development. 
  • Summer 2027: Status Report Due to EPA


TDEC submitted the first deliverable under the CPRG program, a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP), to EPA in March 2024. 

PCAP Executive Summary P1
PCAP Executive Summary P2

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