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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.

Preliminary Washington Greenhouse Gas Reporting Data for 2012 and 2013

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

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 |

KING TIDES PHOTO INITIATIVE

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