In 2021, the Washington Legislature passed the Climate Commitment Act, or CCA, which establishes a comprehensive program to reduce carbon pollution and achieve the greenhouse gas limits set in state law. The program will start Jan. 1, 2023. This puts Washington on a path to meet the greenhouse gas emission limits set in state law.
Matthew Hepner of Bellingham, executive director of the Certified Electrical Workers of Washington, said the bill will kick-start job creation.
“The climate is definitely changing and we have to adapt to it. (The bill) will renew an economy that we’re missing out in. We need that market engine to spur economic growth.”
Much of the projected economic growth will be generated by investments in Miles Ahead Washington, the House transportation package funded in part by the Climate Commitment Act. That package will invest billions in low-carbon transportation projects, like electric ferries, electric buses and rural, tribal and regional mobility grants to move Washington toward a net-zero carbon transportation future. Click here to see the jobs it is estimated to create in various areas of our economy.
We don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy. Tribes. Environmental Groups. Energy Companies. Equity Advocates. Business Alliances. These voices and many more agree that the Climate Commitment Act (SB 5126) presents a viable road map for Washington and a lower, carbon-emissions future. We know that we have to start pushing down statewide emissions and it needs to be done in a way that doesn’t do unintended harm. We have to do it equitably. And we have to do it in a way that will boost our economy at this crucial moment. With this into law, Washington will build back better.