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Climate Action and Green Jobs (HB 2815)

On March 13th Governor Gregoire signed Climate Action and Green Jobs into law!

 

Climate Action and Green Jobs (HB 2815) links climate solutions with developing a clean energy economy and broadly shared economic opportunities for Washington.

 


Climate Action and Green Jobs (HB 2815) makes Washington the fourth state in the country to adopt comprehensive limits on global warming pollution, and the first state to feature a statewide effort to train the workforce for the clean energy transition as an integral part of its climate policy.  Recognizing the importance of the transportation sector, it also makes Washington the first state to set specific targets for reducing the amount of vehicle trips in the state.


The bill emerged from the recommendations of the Washington Climate Advisory Team, a broad-based stakeholder group including leaders from Washington’s business, conservation, labor, academic, government, faith, and civic communities.  It provides the foundation for accelerated private investment and public action to implement the CAT’s 47 recommendations, which collectively will reduce global warming pollution, increase green jobs, and reduce fossil fuel imports by significantly more than the targets that Governor Gregoire established in Executive Order 07-02.

 

The legislation:

Establishes limits on statewide global warming pollution in the Clean Air Act.  Emission levels must be:

  • No higher than 1990 levels by 2020
  • At least 25% below 1990 levels by 2035
  • At least 50% below 1990 levels by 2050
  • Reviewed periodically to true up state emission limits with advances in climate science and evolving understanding of what is necessary to stabilize the climate.
  • The limits (and the program to reduce global warming pollution) is placed in the State Clean Air Act, which ensures that all existing tools can be used for implementation and enforcement.


Establishes a comprehensive green economy jobs growth initiative with the goal of tripling the number of green jobs by 2020. 

  • The bill authorizes and funds labor market research  to establish a job training grant program to be funded in 2009.
  • The program will rely on the state’s successful existing workforce training institutions to develop the curricula and recruitment strategies needed to achieve broader workforce participation and provide opportunities in the green economy to low-income and historically underprivileged communities.


Directs the Department of Ecology to work with other Western States to developed a market-based system to implement limits on global warming pollution. 

  • The Department will collaborate with other agencies and states, and return to the Legislature with a proposal for the design of a market-based system and any funding and authority required for implementation.


Requires emission reporting from large sources of global warming pollution (Facilities that emit at least 10,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year and large fleets.)


Establishes benchmarks for reducing vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), and requires the Department of Transportation to develop strategies to achieve those benchmarks:

  • Decrease annual per capita VMT 18% by 2020, 30% by 2035, and 50% by 2050.

 

Lead contact: Meagan Dixon, Climate Solutions, 206-443-9570, ext 23 or Meagan@climatesolutions.org

3-25-08

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