West Coast Governors' Global Warming Initiative
In November 2004, the Governors of Washington, Oregon, and California approved a series of detailed recommendations to reduce global warming pollution that the three states have developed over the past year. They also directed their staffs to broaden their efforts on global warming mitigation strategies in the coming year. Materials related to this announcement are available for download in the box to the right.
The approved recommendations include:
1. Set new targets for improvement in performance in average annual state fleet greenhouse gas emissions.
2. Collaborate on the purchase of hybrid vehicles.
3. Establish a plan for the deployment of electrification technologies at truck stops in each state on the I-5 corridor, on the outskirts of major urban areas, and on other major interstate routes.
4. Set goals and implement strategies and incentives to increase retail energy sales from renewable resources by one percent or more annually in each state through 2015.
5. Adopt energy efficiency standards for eight to 14 products not regulated by the federal government, establishing a cost-effective efficiency threshold for all products sold on the West Coast.
6. Incorporate aggressive energy efficiency measures into updates of state building energy codes, with a goal of achieving at least 15 percent cumulative savings by 2015 in each state.
7. Organize a West Coast Governors' conference in 2005 to inform policymakers and the public of climate change research concerning the West Coast states.
The Governors also committed to explore the following regional activities going forward:
* Adopt comprehensive state and regional goals for greenhouse gas emissions
These steps are in addition to state-level initiatives that are underway in each state. We invite you to visit some of the states' pages on global warming:
Washington Governor Gary Locke
Oregon Department of Energy