Washington’s transition to clean energy means we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while supporting new jobs and economic growth. To accomplish the level of GHG emission reductions laid out in state law – and even further, as scientists say we must do -- policies to decarbonize every sector of the state’s economy are necessary.
Transition to 100% clean electricity - Washington's electricity usage accounts for approximately 19.5% of our total greenhouse gas emissions based on the Washington State Department of Ecology's 2018 report. Increasing the usage of clean electricity is vital to meeting our goals.
Electrify transportation system - Transportation contributes 43% of overall carbon emissions in the state. By increasing the number of electric vehicles, ferries and buses, we can dramatically decrease our carbon emissions.
Improve building efficiency - Retrofitting old buildings and updating standards for the new ones is one of the most cost effective ways to improve our state's carbon foot print.
Reduce state government emissions - State government is committed to reducing our carbon emissions. To make that happen, we have established robust targets and are working to do our part to reverse climate change.
Reduce the use of super pollutants - Super pollutants, like hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), represent a clear risk to our environment. Safer alternatives for the most damaging HFCs are readily available and cost-effective. With new legislation passed in May 2019, Washington State can begin transitioning away from their use.