Mar 10, 2020

Before it even began, we said 2020 would be the year Oregon finally stepped forward and took bold action to protect the climate. We would not let another year pass without it. Our responsibility to do our part to hand our kids a better future inspires this movement every day. 

After years of work, IT’S HAPPENING! In early March, Governor Kate Brown signed a sweeping executive order for climate protection, perhaps the largest climate action ever by a Governor in any state. Oregon will soon hold large corporate polluters accountable for the pollution they create, protect our health, and transition to a clean energy economy.

Below you’ll find some details about the new Oregon Climate Action Plan. How did we get here? There’s an important story of how the work of thousands of Oregonians and dozens of advocacy groups, youth leaders, businesses, and communities made this historic moment possible and the vital job we have ahead of us: Read that part of the story here.

Oregon Climate Action Plan

We’re taking historic, bold action in Oregon to reduce climate pollution, protect our air and water, and do our part as a state to respond to the climate emergency. 

Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-04 -- the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP) -- is an extensive, sector by sector approach for our state to transition transportation, businesses, and buildings to lower pollution over time with clean, renewable options, which will improve health, save money, and create jobs. Here are some highlights-- 

Clean Economy. Require large corporate polluters to reduce pollution over time. While Oregon has targets for reducing climate pollution already in our law, they’re not being enforced. OCAP updates the targets to be stronger and makes lowering pollution mandatory for large polluters.

Large polluters will be required to lower climate pollution levels 45% below 1990 levels by 2035, and at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Clean Fuels. OCAP extends and strengthens Oregon’s successful Clean Fuels Program, which has been creating jobs and working for four years to lower pollution from fuels by making cleaner options available. 

Adding to the Clean Fuels target of 10% by 2025, it will now lower pollution 25% by 2035, the most ambitious goal for clean fuels in the nation!

Clean Buildings. OCAP strengthens requirements for new buildings in Oregon so by 2030 they’ll be ready to produce as much clean energy as they use, and maximize energy efficiency. There will be huge savings on energy bills as new homes and buildings waste less energy with more efficient heating, cooling, and lighting -- using technologies we already use today.

There is a LOT more to love in the Oregon Climate Action Plan. For all of the details, in an easy-to-read article, check this out from our partners at Climate Solutions.

Again, an historic action of this scope, with this many important programs and benefits, would not have been possible without the large, dedicated, and passionate coalition that makes up Renew Oregon. Our ideas for good policy, our values for social justice, and our widespread strength as a movement made this possible. Now it’s up to us to make sure our state follows through. Read about how we got here and what’s next.

Full Executive Order