Carbon Pollution Executive Order

Governor Inslee's Executive Order 14-04: Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action

In April 2014, Gov. Inslee signed Executive Order 14-04 outlining a series of next steps to reduce carbon pollution in Washington state and improve energy independence through use of clean energy.
The Executive Order builds upon earlier studies and work groups to take action in 7 key areas:

  • Carbon pollution – Gov. Inslee established a Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce which provided recommendations on the design and implementation of a market-based carbon pollution program.
  • Coal-fired electricity imported from other states ("coal-by-wire") – State agencies are working with key utilities to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the use of electrical power produced by coal.
  • Clean transportation – The greatest percentage of carbon emissions come from cars, trucks and other transportation-related sources. WSDOT is leading an effort with other agencies and governments to promote strategies, policies and investments that support electrification of our transportation system, lower-emission multi-modal options, and clean fuels.
  • Clean technology – The state Dept. of Commerce is working with WSU and others on a program to develop and deploy new renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, including those with an emphasis on solar power.
  • Energy efficiency – One of the most cost-effective strategies for reducing carbon emissions is to use energy more efficiently. The state Dept. of Commerce is working with WSU and others to improve the energy performance of public and private buildings.
  • State government operations – The state Dept. of Enterprise Services is leading efforts to achieve carbon reduction and energy efficiency improvements throughout state government including meeting goals established by Gov. Inslee’s Results Washington.
  • Carbon pollution limits – The state Dept. of Ecology is reviewing the state’s greenhouse gas emission limits and recommending updates.

Climate executive order infographic (click to enlarge)