Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
Washington State is addressing the challenge of climate change by taking responsible and thoughtful actions. The State has developed practical and coordinated set of policies and solutions to meet the greenhouse gas emissions reductions adopted into law in 2008, and to unleash innovation, investment and job creation. Many of these actions are being implemented.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first ever carbon pollution limits for the nation’s existing power plants in June 2014. EPA’s proposal is called the Clean Power Plan, and was issued under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
Nearly half of all greenhouse gas in the state comes from transportation. One of the ways we plan to reduce vehicle pollution is through a new program to promote zero emissions vehicles (or ZEVs) in Washington. ZEVs can play a major role in helping us reduce the amount of greenhouse gas caused by transportation.
The Washington Department of Ecology has prepared a draft working paper for lead agencies for use when evaluating proposals under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) that will result in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and/or may be vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
In 2009, the Washington State Legislature approved the State Agency Climate Leadership Act
E2SSB 5560, which established greenhouse gas emissions reduction limits for state agencies in law (RCW 70.235.050 and
RCW 70.235.060) and directed state agencies to quantify GHG emissions, report on actions taken to reduce GHG emissions, and develop a strategy to meet the GHG reduction targets.
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