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Climate Change

Mount Rainier, photo by Weldon Wilson

Gov. Jay Inslee announced a package of proposals to reduce carbon pollution and transition to clean energy on Dec. 17, 2014. The proposals included actions to:

  • Transition Washington to increased energy independence through use of clean energy.
  • Reduce carbon pollution in Washington state.
  • Meet the statutory greenhouse gas limits adopted by the state Legislature in 2008.

A key action is the proposed Carbon Pollution Accountability Act. This legislation would require larger emitters of greenhouse gases to gradually reduce emissions, starting in July 2016, to meet the state's statutory emission limits. The legislation would apply to major emitters in the state.

Because of multiple inquiries a list of organizations with major emissions is available below. The list is not a determination of entities that will be ultimately covered by the program.

Zero Emission Vehicles and a Clean Fuel Standard

Gov. Inslee has directed the Department of Ecology to adopt a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program and prepare a draft rule that outlines a clean fuel standard in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Zero Emission Vehicles

A ZEV is any vehicle that emits zero or nearly zero emissions while running, including plug-in electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.  ZEVs reduce carbon pollution, improve public health, increase consumer choice and reduce transportation costs.

For more information about zero emission vehicles visit:

Clean Fuel Standard

A clean fuel standard reduces greenhouse gas pollution and helps reduce the impacts of climate change.  Clean, efficient transportation is essential to healthy people, a healthy environment, economic stability, and meeting the state’s greenhouse gas reduction requirements.

Gov. Inslee’s Executive Order directed the Office of Financial Management to analyze the technical and economic impacts of a Clean Fuel Standard.

Washington’s Greenhouse Gas Limits

The Department of Ecology, as required by RCW 70.235.040, in consultation with the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group completed the review of Washington’s existing greenhouse gas emissions limits under RCW 70.235.020 and issued its findings in a December 2014 report:

More information about the governor’s energy and climate initiative is available on Gov. Inslee’s website.


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

2010 Comprehensive Plan | SEPA and Climate Change | State Agency Climate Leadership |

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 |

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