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Governor instructs Ecology to develop cap on carbon emissions

July 28, 2015 — Gov. Jay Inslee has directed Ecology to step up enforcement of state pollution laws and develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions. The cap on emissions would force a significant reduction in air pollution.

The governor directed Ecology Director Maia Bellon to develop a system of emission reductions using the agency’s authority granted under the state's Clean Air Act. The emissions cap will be the centerpiece of Inslee's effort to meet the greenhouse gas limits set by the Washington Legislature in 2008. The process will be open and transparent and will include input from stakeholders. It is expected to take about a year. We will post more on this process as information becomes available.

See the release issued by the governor’s office for more information.


POLICY FRAMEWORK - Washington State Climate Policy Laws and Executive Orders

UNDERSTANDING GHG EMISSIONS

Washington State Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory | Ecology’s Mandatory Reporting | EPA Mandatory Reporting |

REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Clean Power Plan | Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) | SEPA and Climate Change | State Agency Climate Leadership |

CLEAN FUEL STANDARD

Clean Fuels 101 | Clean Fuels Analysis | Clean Fuels Q&A | Clean Fuels Public Involvement |

PREPARING FOR IMPACTS

Climate Change Response Strategy | Clearinghouse: Impacts Preparation and Adaptation Resources |

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL LEADERSHIP

WASHINGTON'S CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY AND JOBS

Green Jobs and Training |

CLIMATE EDUCATION

What is Climate Change | Climate Education Resources | Resources at Work | Network for Climate Educators | Carbon Footprint Pledge | King Tides Photo Initiative | What You Can Do

CLIMATE CHANGE ARCHIVE

Executive Order 09-05 | GHG Benchmarking | Low Carbon Fuel Standard | Forest Carbon | 2008 Climate Action Team | 2007 Climate Advisory Team |

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

BIENNIAL GHG PROGRESS REPORT

(December 2014)

STATE AGENCY
GHG EMISSION
CALCULATORS

EXECUTIVE ORDER
14-04

Gov. Inslee announces executive action to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy. See the Executive Order.

IPCC FIFTH ASSESSMENT REPORTS (AR5)

2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability(WGII)

2013: The Physical Science Basis (WGI)

CLIMATE ACTION

Climate Legislative & Executive Workgroup - recommend a state program of actions and policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

RESOURCES FOR REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS

CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSE STRATEGY

COASTAL HAZARDS PRESENTATIONS

From workshops held in November 2012