How can we achieve vigorous economic growth and reduce carbon emissions?

PLAN Washington sets a goal for Washington to be among the top five states in carbon competitiveness (CO2 emitted per million $ of GDP) by the year 2025.
Washington's current ranks: 6th

 

The Washington State Legislature set a goal to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and 25% below 1990 levels by 2035.
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Technology Enabled Market STRATEGY

Reducing emissions can align with improving profits. The critical question for the economy is the amount of carbon reduction that is technologically feasible, and the cost effectiveness of making those investments. The Technology-Enabled Market Strategy focuses on leveraging Washington’s state’s unique clean energy resources and maximizing adoption of cost effective technologies to reduce emissions across all sectors.

To develop the strategy, the Business Alliance analyzed the major sources of carbon, baseline projections, current policies, and trends.

Three pillars define the strategy:

#1: ELECTRICITY

LEVERAGE WASHINGTON’S NATURAL ADVANTAGE IN CLEAN, AFFORDABLE ELECTRICITY

#2: ENERGY EFFICIENCY & CARBON REDUCTION INVESTMENTS

DEPLOY PRIVATE SECTOR EXPERTISE, TIGHTEN BUILDING CODES, AND RECOVER WASTE ENERGY TO ‘FREE UP’ RESOURCE CAPACITY. EMPLOY TECHNOLOGY NEUTRAL STANDARDS AND PURSUE THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE AND SEQUESTER CARBON

#3: ELECTRIFICATION

ELECTRIFY TRANSPORTATION AND BUILD GOOD LOAD. 

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