Washington State has made important progress on climate with the passage of 100% clean electricity, Clean Fuel Standard, Climate Commitment Act, enshrining environmental justice into law, and establishing energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings statewide. Every day local jurisdictions are making progress on addressing building emissions. But there is more to do to take urgent action to reduce our carbon pollution and meet our statutory climate goals. The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is clear: we must continue to take bold actions to address the climate crisis and to avert mounting catastrophic and deadly impacts. We are already seeing climate impacts in Washington, including hotter temperatures, more frequent and fiercer wildfires, and intense flooding. The Washington Legislature must continue to accelerate big solutions to the climate crisis for our health, our climate, and our future. 

Read more about our 2022 legislative priorities.

Buildings

Buildings are the fastest-growing source of emissions in Washington, which is largely attributable to the use of fossil gas for space and water heating and cooking.  If our homes and buildings were carbon-free and energy efficient, we would significantly reduce our climate pollution, drastically cut energy costs for owners and renters, and improve air quality where we live and work. Combusting fossil gas also poses significant health risks for our communities, children, and other vulnerable populations. In addition, where and how we build matters and planning should be consistent with our state’s climate goals. Washington needs policies to move towards 100% clean, all-electric buildings that will keep residents safe and healthy.

HB 1767 SB 5666 | Targeted Electrification

The targeted electrification incentive bill will clarify that public utilities can create electrification programs, allowing them to provide incentives for customers to buy efficient heat pumps. Utility electrification programs will improve customer choice, lower the cost of efficient all-electric technologies, and level the playing field between private and public utilities. These programs are beneficial to both the utility and the utility’s customers, so it’s a win-win.

Transportation

We all want clean, affordable, accessible, safe and efficient ways to get around. Research from Climate Solutions shows the best way to decarbonize transportation requires both electrification of nearly all vehicles on the road and reducing the need for personal vehicles through transit expansion, efficient land use policy, safe bicycle and pedestrian networks, and more. The climate agenda for the 2022 session will set Washington on a path to achieving this future by building on the success of the Clean Fuel Standard. 

Air Quality Surcharge

(AQS) is a progressive and flexible source of revenue that would only impact a small number of Washingtonians who tend to be in the top income quintile. The AQS charge would vary based on a vehicle’s estimated lifetime greenhouse gas pollution, thereby incentivizing cleaner vehicle purchases in addition to providing much-needed multimodal funding.

HB 1099 | Growth Management Act (WA Can't Wait Campaign)

The Growth Management Act should be updated to reflect climate change, housing affordability, and issues of environmental justice and ensure our long-range planning leads to reduced climate pollution, more resilient communities, and adequate affordable housing. This must happen in the 2022 legislative session, before cities and counties embark on updating their next comprehensive plan, to ensure those plans include considerations for climate change, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and consistency with the state energy strategy and climate goals. 

Cross sector

We can have a thriving, equitable Northwest, powered by clean energy and we can lead and inspire the transition to sustainable prosperity across the nation and beyond. The fossil fuel industry’s resistance to innovation and progress toward a clean energy future means that we need a broad and committed movement to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. With Washington’s natural resources, historic clean energy achievements, technology leadership, and emphasis on sustainable prosperity make our region a natural leader in the transition to a clean energy future.

HB 1682 | Finishing the Job on the Climate Commitment Act

2021’s passage of the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) will herald a new more sustainable economy for our state, but a number of topics remain unfinished that need to be addressed in 2022 including restoring tribal consent for projects funded with carbon dollars, a long term trajectory for Energy-Intensive Trade-Exposed (EITE) that protects the integrity of the cap and ensures that all sectors—including industry—do their fair share, and developing a program to address the annual 2.7 million tons of climate pollution from landfill emissions.

HB 1812 | Improve Clean Energy Siting

We need to replace our expansive fossil fuel infrastructure—oil refineries, natural gas power plants, and more—with new clean replacements and improved siting laws: clean manufacturing, green hydrogen production, renewable energy generation, new transmission capacity, biofuel refining and more. This includes clarity for project proponents around the state’s expectations, certainty and predictability around review timeline, and more.

HB 1799 | SB 5371 Organics Management

To reduce methane emissions from landfills we need to set a statewide target for diversion of organic material from the landfill/incinerator stream and a separate target for edible food diversion to food rescue groups. Legislation will also reclaim usable food from the waste stream and help provide it to those most in need.

SB 5659 | Buy Clean, Buy Fair

Buy Clean policies, such as the policy passed in California in 2017, mandate that emissions from certain materials be documented and considered when contracting for state-funded infrastructure projects. Adding a Buy Fair element requires contractors and subcontractors to report on domestic labor law compliance in the countries where they produce goods and services, incentivizing clean and fair manufacturing. In 2022, Climate Solutions and partners will prioritize a bill that requires disclosure of embodied carbon (carbon associated with a product’s manufacture) and labor practices to help the state understand its procurement practices, and consider procurement requirements in future sessions.

Washington State Government

Roads ahead for clean transportation in Washington

by Leah Missik on March 19, 2020

Washington must address the climate pollution that comes from our largest source of it—transportation. 

What happened to our climate leadership?

by Vlad Gutman-Britten on March 17, 2020

Washington Senate Democrats allowed the most significant climate policy proposal this year—the Clean Fuel Standard—to languish and die.

2020 Washington State legislative session ends in climate failure

by Climate Solutions on March 13, 2020

Washington Senate Democrats handed veto power to a small minority of its caucus, and failed to take action to cut transportation pollution—ignoring a…

Senate Transportation Committee next to consider WA Clean Fuels bill

by Climate Solutions on February 25, 2020

Efforts to make available cleaner transportation fuels in Washington State move forward as bill passes out of a key Senate committee

Climate wins still possible in Washington Legislature

by Vlad Gutman-Britten on February 21, 2020

For climate progress and clean energy, here's where things stand with less than three weeks remaining in Washington’s legislative session.

Climate Leaders Live: Building a Clean Energy Future Together

by Teresa Myers on February 5, 2020

Our first-ever online fundraising event! Special guests include Microsoft's Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa and WA House Speaker Laurie…

Why doesn't Washington have a Clean Fuel Standard (yet)?

by Climate Solutions on January 27, 2020

Tailpipe exhaust is responsible for nearly half of Washington state’s climate and air pollution--call it a sin of emission. We can reverse the trend…

Our plan for 2020: more climate progress in WA

by Kelly Hall on January 15, 2020

Over the course of a quick eight weeks, Washington lawmakers will consider hundreds of proposals. Here are five climate bills we need to keep top…

Maintaining hope in the age of climate change

by Devon Downeysmith on December 20, 2019

What it's like to read climate news every day: some days, it’s inspiring. Other days, it weighs heavy on the heart.

Oregon and California lead on climate with clean fuels. What about Washington?

by Joëlle Robinson on November 20, 2019

Washington has a great responsibility to lead on climate...and a great opportunity to do so right now—by taking action on transporation emissions.

Please vote NO on I-976 and YES on Referendum 88

by Joëlle Robinson on October 31, 2019

Next Tuesday, November 5th is Election Day.

No, no, no on Eyman's I-976

by Joëlle Robinson on October 7, 2019

Tim Eyman's latest voter initiative would be a disaster for transportation in Washington; for public safety, and for the climate. 

The good, the bad, and the opportunity for climate action in Washington

by Kelly Hall on October 3, 2019

Climate policy is not a single undertaking. We need many solutions working together, building on the success of clean electricity to end our reliance…

Local governments are putting the ACTION in climate action

by Tom Crawford on August 7, 2019

As part of a global movement to reduce climate-disrupting carbon emissions, local governments in Thurston County, Washington have started developing…

Climate leadership, state to state

by Devon Downeysmith on May 15, 2019

With a clean energy win accomplished in Washington, attention now turns to Oregon. Also: other states and cities show what climate leadership does…

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2021: Action time for climate in the Washington Legislature

Naysayers will claim that this is not the time for climate action in Washington, not with COVID, racial injustice, and economic recovery on the agenda. But we don’t need to choose between our major priorities: we can achieve climate progress, recover from COVID impacts, and fight systemic racism all at the same time.
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