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Tracking & reducing Washington's carbon pollution

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

Washington's carbon pollution targets

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.

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.

Industry regulations

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