"Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy" - California

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Pac i fi c Coast
Ac t i on P l an on
Cli m at e an d En ergy
Preamble
existing carbon-pricing programs. Where possible, California,
British Columbia, Oregon and Washington will link programs for
consistency and predictability and to expand opportunities to grow
The Governments of California, British Columbia,
the region’s low-carbon economy.
Oregon and Washington,
2) Harmonize 2050 targets for greenhouse gas reductions and
Pursuant to the Memorandum to Establish the Pacific Coast Collaborative
develop mid-term targets needed to support long-term reduction
of June 2008, as provided for in Article 6;
goals.
Affirming our shared vision of Pacific North America as a model of
Climate scientists have identified the scale of greenhouse gas
innovation that sustains our communities and creates jobs and new
reductions that must be achieved globally to stabilize the climate.
economic opportunities for our combined population of 53 million;
Where they have not already done so, California, British Columbia,
Oregon and Washington will establish long-term reduction
Recognizing that the Pacific Coast is a region bound together by a
targets that reflect these scientific findings. To advance long-term
common geography, shared infrastructure and a regional economy with
reductions, Washington already has in place a mid-term 2035 target.
a combined GDP of US $2.8 trillion, which makes it the world’s fifth
California and Oregon will establish their own mid-term targets.
largest;
British Columbia has already legislated 2020 and 2050 targets
Acknowledging the clear and convincing scientific evidence of
and will explore whether setting a mid-term target will aid their
climate change, ocean acidification and other impacts from increasing
achievement.
concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which threaten
3) Affirm the need to inform policy with findings from climate
our people, our economy and our natural resources;
science.
Emphasizing that states and provinces around the world are battling
Leaders of California, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington
climate change through technology innovation and actions that
affirm the scientific consensus on the human causes of climate
limit greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution while creating
economic growth, consumer savings and new jobs;
change and its very real impacts, most recently documented
by scientists around the world in the Intergovernmental Panel
Celebrating that our own governments have reduced greenhouse gas
on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report released in
emissions by adopting regulatory, policy and market-based measures
September 2013, as well as other reports such as the Scientific
that shift energy generation to clean and renewable sources, manage
Consensus on Maintaining Humanity’s life Support Systems in the
energy use through greater efficiency and conservation, and enable and
21st Century. Governmental actions should be grounded in this
promote consumer choice for clean vehicles;
scientific understanding of climate change.
Recalling the findings of the 2012 West Coast Clean Economy report
4) Cooperate with national and sub-national governments around
which projected 1.03 million new jobs could be created in key sectors,
the world to press for an international agreement on climate
such as energy efficiency and advanced transportation, assuming the
change in 2015.
right policy environment;
The governments of California, British Columbia, Oregon and
Supporting positive federal action to combat climate change, including
Washington will join with other governments to build a coalition
President Obama’s climate action plan and proposed rules to limit
of support for national and international climate action, including
greenhouse gas emissions from power plants;
securing an international agreement at the Conference of Parties in
Joining the growing international convergence on the need to secure
Paris in 2015. The governments of California, British Columbia,
an international agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions,
Oregon and Washington will coordinate the activities they
including discussions at the coming Conference of Parties meetings in
undertake with other sub-national governments and combine these
efforts where appropriate.
Warsaw (2013), Lima (2014) and Paris (2015); and
Agreeing that meaningful coordination and linkage between states and
5) Enlist support for research on ocean acidification and take action
provinces across North America and the world on actions to reduce
to combat it.
greenhouse gas emissions can improve the effectiveness of these actions,
Ocean health underpins our coastal shellfish and fisheries
increase their overall positive impact and build momentum for broader
economies. The governments of California, British Columbia,
international coordination to combat climate change;
Oregon and Washington will urge the American and Canadian
federal governments to take action on ocean acidification, including
NOW THEREFORE HEREBY AGREE AS FOLLOWS:
crucial research, modeling and monitoring to understand its causes
and impacts.
I.
Lead national and international policy on climate change
with actions to:
II. Transition the West Coast to clean modes of transportation
and reduce the large share of greenhouse gas emissions from
Direct our relevant agencies and officials to work together to:
this sector with actions to:
1) Account for the costs of carbon pollution in each jurisdiction.
1) Adopt and maintain low-carbon fuel standards in each
Oregon will build on existing programs to set a price on carbon
jurisdiction.
emissions. Washington will set binding limits on carbon
emissions and deploy market mechanisms to meet those
Oregon and Washington will adopt low-carbon fuels standards,
limits. British Columbia and California will maintain their
and California and British Columbia will maintain their
Pac i fi c Coast
Ac t i on P l an on
Cli m at e an d En ergy
Preamble
existing carbon-pricing programs. Where possible, California,
British Columbia, Oregon and Washington will link programs for
consistency and predictability and to expand opportunities to grow
The Governments of California, British Columbia,
the region’s low-carbon economy.
Oregon and Washington,
2) Harmonize 2050 targets for greenhouse gas reductions and
Pursuant to the Memorandum to Establish the Pacific Coast Collaborative
develop mid-term targets needed to support long-term reduction
of June 2008, as provided for in Article 6;
goals.
Affirming our shared vision of Pacific North America as a model of
Climate scientists have identified the scale of greenhouse gas
innovation that sustains our communities and creates jobs and new
reductions that must be achieved globally to stabilize the climate.
economic opportunities for our combined population of 53 million;
Where they have not already done so, California, British Columbia,
Oregon and Washington will establish long-term reduction
Recognizing that the Pacific Coast is a region bound together by a
targets that reflect these scientific findings. To advance long-term
common geography, shared infrastructure and a regional economy with
reductions, Washington already has in place a mid-term 2035 target.
a combined GDP of US $2.8 trillion, which makes it the world’s fifth
California and Oregon will establish their own mid-term targets.
largest;
British Columbia has already legislated 2020 and 2050 targets
Acknowledging the clear and convincing scientific evidence of
and will explore whether setting a mid-term target will aid their
climate change, ocean acidification and other impacts from increasing
achievement.
concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which threaten
3) Affirm the need to inform policy with findings from climate
our people, our economy and our natural resources;
science.
Emphasizing that states and provinces around the world are battling
Leaders of California, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington
climate change through technology innovation and actions that
affirm the scientific consensus on the human causes of climate
limit greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution while creating
economic growth, consumer savings and new jobs;
change and its very real impacts, most recently documented
by scientists around the world in the Intergovernmental Panel
Celebrating that our own governments have reduced greenhouse gas
on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report released in
emissions by adopting regulatory, policy and market-based measures
September 2013, as well as other reports such as the Scientific
that shift energy generation to clean and renewable sources, manage
Consensus on Maintaining Humanity’s life Support Systems in the
energy use through greater efficiency and conservation, and enable and
21st Century. Governmental actions should be grounded in this
promote consumer choice for clean vehicles;
scientific understanding of climate change.
Recalling the findings of the 2012 West Coast Clean Economy report
4) Cooperate with national and sub-national governments around
which projected 1.03 million new jobs could be created in key sectors,
the world to press for an international agreement on climate
such as energy efficiency and advanced transportation, assuming the
change in 2015.
right policy environment;
The governments of California, British Columbia, Oregon and
Supporting positive federal action to combat climate change, including
Washington will join with other governments to build a coalition
President Obama’s climate action plan and proposed rules to limit
of support for national and international climate action, including
greenhouse gas emissions from power plants;
securing an international agreement at the Conference of Parties in
Joining the growing international convergence on the need to secure
Paris in 2015. The governments of California, British Columbia,
an international agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions,
Oregon and Washington will coordinate the activities they
including discussions at the coming Conference of Parties meetings in
undertake with other sub-national governments and combine these
efforts where appropriate.
Warsaw (2013), Lima (2014) and Paris (2015); and
Agreeing that meaningful coordination and linkage between states and
5) Enlist support for research on ocean acidification and take action
provinces across North America and the world on actions to reduce
to combat it.
greenhouse gas emissions can improve the effectiveness of these actions,
Ocean health underpins our coastal shellfish and fisheries
increase their overall positive impact and build momentum for broader
economies. The governments of California, British Columbia,
international coordination to combat climate change;
Oregon and Washington will urge the American and Canadian
federal governments to take action on ocean acidification, including
NOW THEREFORE HEREBY AGREE AS FOLLOWS:
crucial research, modeling and monitoring to understand its causes
and impacts.
I.
Lead national and international policy on climate change
with actions to:
II. Transition the West Coast to clean modes of transportation
and reduce the large share of greenhouse gas emissions from
Direct our relevant agencies and officials to work together to:
this sector with actions to:
1) Account for the costs of carbon pollution in each jurisdiction.
1) Adopt and maintain low-carbon fuel standards in each
Oregon will build on existing programs to set a price on carbon
jurisdiction.
emissions. Washington will set binding limits on carbon
emissions and deploy market mechanisms to meet those
Oregon and Washington will adopt low-carbon fuels standards,
limits. British Columbia and California will maintain their
and California and British Columbia will maintain their
existing standards. Over time, the governments of California,
2) Support strong federal policy on greenhouse gas emissions from
British Columbia, Oregon and Washington will work together to
power plants.
build an integrated West Coast market for low-carbon fuels that
The governments of California, British Columbia, Oregon and
keeps energy dollars in the region, creates economic development
Washington will support the U.S. Environmental Protection
opportunities for regional fuel production, and ensures
Agency’s initiative to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power
predictability and consistency in the market.
plants and emphasize the importance of allowing state flexibility
to design ambitious reduction programs within this regulation.
2) Take actions to expand the use of zero-emission vehicles, aiming
Our jurisdictions will also coordinate and provide joint testimony in
for 10 percent of new vehicle purchases in public and private
federal proceedings on greenhouse gas emissions when appropriate.
fleets by 2016.
3) Make infrastructure climate-smart and investment-ready.
The Pacific Coast already has the highest penetration of
electric cars in North America. The governments of California,
The West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX) is demonstrating
British Columbia, Oregon and Washington will work together
how to attract private capital for infrastructure projects while
towards this ambitious new target by supporting public and
increasing climate resilience through best practices and certification
private fleet managers to shift their procurement investments
standards. To scale up these efforts, the governments of California,
to catalyze toward electric car purchases and by continuing to
Oregon and Washington will sponsor pilot projects with local
invest in necessary infrastructure to enable low-carbon electric
governments, state agencies and the WCX. WCX also works
transportation.
closely with Partnerships BC, a center of infrastructure financing
expertise established by the government of British Columbia that
3) Continue deployment of high-speed rail across the region.
has helped to secure financing for over 40 projects worth more than
Providing high-speed passenger rail service is an important part
C$17 billion.
of the solution to expand regional clean transportation, improve
4) Streamline permitting of renewable energy infrastructure.
quality of life and advance economic growth. The governments of
California, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington continue to
Meeting ambitious carbon-reduction goals will require scaling up
support the Pacific Coast Collaborative’s Vision for high speed rail
wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy and effectively
in the region, and will continue to seek opportunities to invest in
bringing clean power to customers in California, Oregon and
rail infrastructure that moves people quickly, safely and efficiently,
Washington. Drawing on emerging models in California and the
and encourages innovation in rail technology manufactured in the
Pacific Northwest, the governments of California, Oregon and
region.
Washington will work with permitting agencies to streamline
approval of renewables projects to increase predictability, encourage
4) Support emerging markets and innovation for alternative fuels in
investment and drive innovation.
commercial trucks, buses, rail, ports and marine transportation.
5) Support integration of the region’s electricity grids.
The Pacific Coast of North America is emerging as a center of
private sector innovation and investment in cleaner fuels and engine
Connecting the markets for buying and selling wholesale electricity
technologies for heavy-duty trucks and buses, rail, ports and marine
in our region can increase local utilities’ flexibility and reliability
transportation. The governments of California, British Columbia,
and provide consumer savings by enabling use of a wide variety of
Oregon and Washington will develop targets and action plans to
energy sources across the region. Integrating our region’s electricity
accelerate public and private investment in low-carbon commercial
markets also expands energy users’ access to renewable energy
fleets and support the market transition to biofuels, electricity,
sources, such as solar and wind power.
natural gas and other low-carbon fuels in local and export markets.
IV. Interpretation
III. Invest in clean energy and climate-resilient infrastructure
This Action Plan is intended to spur finding new, smart ways for our
with actions to:
governments, agencies and staff to work together, and with other
governments and non-government partners, as appropriate, to add value,
1) Transform the market for energy efficiency and lead the way to
efficiency and effectiveness to existing and future initiatives, and to
“net-zero” buildings.
reduce overlap and duplication of effort, with the objective of reducing,
Energy efficiency is the lowest cost way to reduce greenhouse gas
not increasing, resource demands to achieve objectives that are shared.
emissions while creating good local jobs. The governments of
California, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington will work
V.
Limitations
to harmonize appliance standards, increase access to affordable
financing products, and support policy that ensures that energy
This Action Plan shall have no legal effect; impose no legally binding
efficiency is valued when buildings are bought and sold. Our
obligation enforceable in any court of law or other tribunal of any
efforts intend to build a vibrant, growing regional market for energy
sort, nor create any funding expectation; nor shall our jurisdictions be
efficiency products and services.
responsible for the actions of third parties or associates.
Si gn ed at San Fr an c isco , C alifo r n i a , on t h e o cca sio n of t h e Fou rt h A n n ua l
Le a d er s ’ Fo rum of t h e Pac i fi c C oa st C oll ab or at iv e , t h is 28t h day of O ctob er , 20 13 .
Original signed by
Original signed by
Christy Clark
Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Christy Clark
Governor of California
Premier of British Columbia
Governor of California
Premier of British Columbia
Original signed by
Original signed by
Jay Inslee
John A. Kitzhaber
John A. Kitzhaber
Jay Inslee
Governor of Washington
Governor of Oregon
Governor of Oregon
Governor of Washington
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