Clean Air Rule
Washington’s water supply, air quality, and infrastructure are at risk because of climate change. Ecology adopted a rule under our state’s Clean Air Act to reduce carbon pollution to do our part to help slow climate change. The Clean Air Rule regulates the businesses who are responsible for about two-thirds of carbon pollution in Washington, such as transportation, refining, and manufacturing.
Seeking comments on carbon markets
We are seeking comments on the carbon markets we are considering for the Clean Air Rule. A carbon market is a program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the trading of credits called allowances.
Organizations covered by the rule are given several ways to comply. One way to comply is to obtain carbon credits (allowances) that come from an approved carbon market outside of Washington. The rule requires that we determine which markets to approve based on three criteria:
Earlier this year we opened a survey to gather information about domestic and international carbon markets. We used the responses, in addition to the criteria above, to develop an initial list of carbon markets to consider.
Potential markets, or countries with markets, include:
Share your comments
We would like you to comment on the potential challenges and advantages to connecting with these markets or share additional markets you think we should consider. We are collecting comments from Aug. 31 - Oct. 13, 2017. During this period you can submit a written comment online or share your comments at a listening session.
Listening session information
We will review comments and use this information to consider changes to the list of markets. We expect to share the updated list and begin conversations with the potential markets in late fall 2017.
If you have questions please contact Bill Drumheller, at (360) 407-7657.
Who is covered under the Clean Air Rule?
In 2017 organizations that are responsible for 100,000 metric tons of carbon pollution annually are required to cap and gradually reduce their emissions. Every three years, the threshold is lowered by 5,000 metric tons and more emitters are brought into the program. By 2035 the threshold will reach 70,000 metric tons where it will remain.
Businesses categorized as energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries and fuel importers begin participating in the program in 2020.
The types of organizations covered by the rule include:
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