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Inslee-Led Coalition Commits to Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2021-11-08
A coalition of 68 U.S. state, regional and city governments led by Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) reports it has affirmed their urgent commitment to addressing the climate crisis by signing a range of emissions-slashing actions ahead of 2030.

To that end, Inslee announced an executive order to fully electrify Washington state's public fleets and transition to a 100 pct zero-emission light duty fleet by 2035, as well as 100 pct zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty state fleets by 2040. Additionally , all new car sales must be zero-emission vehicles beginning 2035 and 100 pct zero-carbon energy by 2045, as well as ensuring 100 pct net zero operating emissions from new building construction from 2030. Other commitments include conserving at least 30 pct of land and coastal waters by 2030 and ensuring that at least 40 pct of expenditures benefit overburdened communities and vulnerable populations.

In the release Inslee noted, "We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to effectively mitigate climate change. The actions we take in the next five years will determine the fate of our species. I'm proud to stand with this global coalition of governors and mayors to go beyond pledges. Together, we are charting a path to make tangible, meaningful progress to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and get to net-zero by 2050. Now is the time for leaders to buckle down and get it done." (Source: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, Nov., 2021) Contact: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, 360.902.4111, www.governor.wa.gov

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Washington State Legislates Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
Washington State
Date: 2021-05-19
In Olympia, Washington state has passed legislation directing the Department of Ecology to develop a low carbon fuel standard for the state. The overall goal is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to each unit of the fuels to 20 pct below 2017 levels by 2038 based on: not more than 0.5 pct each year in 2023 and 2024; no more than an additional 1 pct each year beginning in 2025 through 2027; more than an additional 1.5 pct each year beginning 22 in 2028 through 2031; and no change in 2032 and 2033. The rules must establish a start date for the clean fuels program of no later than 1 January 2023.

Additionally, the Department of Ecology may not increase the carbon intensity reductions required by the applicable clean fuels program standard beyond a 10 pct reduction in carbon intensity until: at least a 15 pct net increase in the volume of in-state liquid biofuel production and the use of feedstocks grown or produced within the state relative to the start of the program; and at least one new or expanded biofuel production facility representing an increase in production capacity or producing, in total, in excess of 60,000,000 gpy of biofuels is received after 1 July 2021, all necessary siting, operating, and environmental permits post all timely and applicable appeals. As part of the threshold of 60,000,000 gallons of biofuel, at least one new facility producing at least 10,000,000 gpy must have received all necessary siting, operating, and environmental permits.

The rules must include standards for greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the transportation fuels throughout their life cycles, including but not limited to emissions from the production, storage, transportation, and combustion of transportation fuels and from changes in land use associated with transportation fuels and any permanent greenhouse gas sequestration activities. Some exemptions apply. (Source: Washington State, Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, PR, May, 2021)Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D), Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

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WA Gov. Floats Climate-Focused State Budget Proposal (Ind. Report)
Gov. Jay Inslee
Date: 2020-12-18
This week in Olympia, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) announced a roughly $500 million policy package to be introduced for the state's 2021-2023 biennial budget ahead of the upcoming Washington state legislative session.

The governor's proposal would establish benchmarks for cutting carbon emissions, lessening the state's dependence on fossil fuels, combating climate change and bolstering the state's economy.

According to Inslee, the state's estimated 84 million tonnes of emissions in 2020 would drop to 54.2 million metric tpy by 2030, under his proposal. The proposal would have fuel suppliers reduce carbon emissions from their fuels by 10 pct by 2028, 20 pct by 2035 and even further reductions by 2050.

Inslee's proposal would involve investing $100 million in clean energy, including $15 million for power grid modernization, $15 million on clean energy R&D, $20 million for electrifying transportation systems, and $20 million for small businesses and nonprofits to reduce their operating costs through energy efficiency measures. (Source: Contact: Office of Gov. Jay Enslee, The Reflector, 16 Dec., 2020)Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

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WA Recognizes Forestry's Role in Climate Change Solution (Ind Report)
Washington State
Date: 2020-03-27
In Olympia, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has signed into law ESSHB 2528, legislation establishing a state policy recognizing and supporting the complete forest products sector -- landowners, mills, bioenergy, pulp and paper, harvesting and transportation infrastructure necessary to continue sustainable forestry, production and transportation of the state's wood products -- as an "essential part of the climate solution." The legislation comes into force 90 days after March 12th, when the session ended.

Washington State's private forests and wood products sector sequesters 12 pct of the state's carbon emissions, and working forests play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gases, according to the Washington Forest Protection Association. (Source: Washington Forest Protection Assoc., PR, 25 Mar., 2020) Contact: Washington Forest Protection Association, www.wfpa.org; American Forest Resource Council, www.amforest.org; Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

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Wa. State Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Awaits Approval (Reg & Leg)
Low-Carbon Fuel
Date: 2020-01-10
In Olympia, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is promoting low-carbon fuel standard legislation similar to California's low-carbon fuel standard which effectively taxes fossil fuels and subsidizes renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. The legislation won Washington House approval in 2019 and now awaits Senate approval during the upcoming Jan. 13 sitting.

Under the proposed low-carbon fuel standard, biofuel suppliers could meet their low-carbon obligations by paying an "alternative assessment" that could add between $48 million and $193 million to the state's coffers in its first year. (Source: Chinook Observer, Capital Press, Jan., 2019) Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

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