In 2007 Oregon set a 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goal that is almost 30% below today's levels. How do we get there? In October 2010 the Oregon Global Warming Commission unanimously adopted a roadmap of ideas.
SALEM — The Oregon Global Warming Commission this week submitted its biennial report to the Oregon legislature. This report demonstrates that Oregon has met its initial greenhouse-gas reduction goal, arrest the growth of emissions and begin reducing those emissions by 2010. It also provides an assessment of statewide progress on key actions the Commission recommended through its “Roadmap to 2020” process that charts a course for the State to meet its 2020 and 2050 emission reduction goals.
The report is available on the Commission’s website at http://www.keeporegoncool.org.
A summary of the progress made in key sectors relative to the “Roadmap to 2020” is included in the report, including areas that need to be addressed and progress grades. These grades show that while Oregon is making some progress, much more needs to be done, particularly in key energy and transportation areas.
The report provides greenhouse gas data for 2010 from multiple emissions tracking perspectives. Based on these data and the impacts of major policies in the future, Oregon appears to be in position to maintain a downward emission trajectory but is not on course to meet its future emission reduction goals.
Commission Chair Angus Duncan says there is still plenty of work ahead.
“The 2010 numbers show some progress and good for us,” Duncan said. “However, the work we have done is not good enough. We’ve done B- or C+ work when we really need to be striving for As.”