SEPA and Climate Change

We are facing a global problem. We need to approach the problem from both directions – reducing our contribution to climate change and preparing for the effects. We need to work together – business, government, citizen groups, individuals, tribes, neighboring states and trading partners – to be effective. Each day in our state, projects are proposed that could either add to the emissions of greenhouse gases, or locate development in areas that in the future could well be underwater, or subject to flooding not seen before.

State agencies, city and county planning departments, and other public entities use SEPA to evaluate the environmental impacts of a proposal. Many states and local governments have developed policies, regulations, and guidance on how, where and when to address climate change in their environmental review processes.

Frequently asked questions

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions to help provide background on SEPA and Climate change:

Emissions Calculation Tool

When quantifying new emissions that are caused by the project, proponents should use accepted protocols and emissions factors such as those outlined in Attachment 2. We have also developed a simple tool that will be helpful in quickly estimating emissions from specific projects. It is available online: SEPA Greenhouse Gas Calculation Tool (excel spreadsheet)

Additional information and resources

Other related documents

 

For questions or comments concerning SEPA, please email the SEPA Unit or call (360) 407-6922.