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Washington's carbon reduction targets

Ecology and other state agencies are addressing the challenge of climate change by taking responsible and thoughtful actions. We developed a practical and coordinated set of policies to help meet the state's greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Slowing climate change

The Legislature recognized the need to help slow climate change and protect natural resources and infrastructure for future generations. In 2008, the Legislature adopted reduction targets for greenhouse gases (commonly known as carbon pollution). Today, we are working to meet those targets through polices that reduce carbon pollution.

Washington's current targets:

  • By 2020, reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases in the state to 1990 levels. 
  • By 2035, reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions in the state to 25 percent below 1990 levels. 
  • By 2050, reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions in the state to 50 percent below 1990 levels.
  • Washington State greenhouse gas inventory.

Ecology issues new recommendations for greenhouse gas limits in Washington

Climate change is one of the most significant issues facing Washington today. Tackling climate change is a priority for us and we are working hard to protect fish, farms, and waters from the damage that rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns will cause in Washington. That’s why we adopted one of the nation’s most progressive regulations to cap and reduce greenhouse gases, and also why we recently provided a report to the Legislature that recommends lower greenhouse gas limits for the state.

Washington state agencies are working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, the Legislature approved the State Agency Climate Leadership Act establishing greenhouse gas emission reduction limits for state government. The act directs state agencies to track, report, and reduce their greenhouse gases. Agencies are working to reduce their emissions from electricity use, fuel consumption, business travel, and employee commuting.

Industry regulations

Clean Air Rule Clean Power Plan Greenhouse gas emission standard and sequestration Petroleum refinery greenhouse gas emission requirements