Two years ago, the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP) executive order was signed by Governor Kate Brown (EO 20-04). The sweeping order set in motion a broad array of state agencies to respond to the climate crisis and make a transition to a clean energy economy in multiple sectors including transportation, public health, clean energy & buildings, natural & working lands, and to hold the state’s largest climate polluters accountable.
It’s the largest executive action on climate in Oregon history, and arguably the biggest single climate action ever undertaken by the state given its broad sweep.
Were promises made two years ago kept? Renew Oregon and the OCAP coalition, our many partners advocating for the strongest implementation of OCAP possible, check in on the progress of initiatives, programs, and projects set in motion by the executive order.
Oregon Climate Action Plan: Two-Year Progress Report covers six issue areas:
Each issue area is broken out into three sections: “What we have accomplished together,” “Implementation status,” and “Opportunities for progress.”Thanks to robust advocacy engagement on behalf of the OCAP Coalition and environmental justice and climate partners across the state, the leadership of Governor Kate Brown, and extensive work on the part of our state agencies, Oregon made significant progress in year two of the Oregon Climate Action Plan to reduce climate pollution, address historic environmental injustice, and promote resilient communities and economic vitality across Oregon.
🏭 Climate Protection Program took effect on Jan. 1, 2022. 📉
- The CPP requires many of Oregon’s largest fossil fuel polluters to begin reducing the greenhouse gasses they put into the air and spur a transition to a clean energy economy in the decades ahead. It requires oil companies, methane gas utilities, and large, industrial polluters to reduce climate pollution by at least 50% by 2035 and at least 90% by 2050.
🚛 Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) and Heavy-Duty Omnibus (Low NOx) Rules pass ⚡
- The ACT rule compels truck manufacturers to offer an increasing percentage of new sales in Oregon to be zero-emission medium and heavy-duty (MHD) trucks, while the Low-NOx rule requires new fossil fuel powered engines to significantly reduce toxic air pollution from MHD trucks sold beginning model year 2025. Both rules apply to sales of new trucks and govern truck manufacturers.
🌡️ Worker protection from extreme heat & wildfire smoke 😷
- Oregon is on the verge of adopting two new worker protection rules to better safeguard against increasing climate-fueled hazards of extreme heat and wildfire smoke. Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration is in the midst of public comment on final draft rules through March 18, with plans to adopt final rules soon afterward. While not yet final, they have the possibility to be the strongest of these kinds of protections in the nation.
🌲 First carbon sequestration goals for Oregon's natural & working lands. 🚜
- For the first time in our state’s history, there is a concrete goal for advancing carbon sequestration by Oregon's forests, wetlands, and agricultural lands. Specifically, the Oregon Global Warming Commission's proposal recommends Oregon use trees, plants, and soils to capture and store at least an additional 5 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gasses per year by 2030, and at least 9.5 MMT by 2050. These goals are separate from and in addition to Oregon’s greenhouse gas reduction targets achieved by transitioning off fossil fuels to clean energy.
🔥 The "Future of Gas" docket 🔌
- The Public Utility Commission has undertaken a fact-finding mission to gain a better understanding of how different decarbonization scenarios might impact gas customers in Oregon, with the goal of informing future decision-making. This is the beginning of an urgent discussion of winding down fossil fuel use in homes & buildings, power generation, and heavy industry.