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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.

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What steps has Oregon already taken to address global warming?

This list highlights some of the steps Oregon has already taken to respond to climate change and links to key reports that document those steps.


  • June 2011 – The Oregon Legislature updates Oregon’s carbon dioxide standard for new energy facilities to allow methane and nitrous oxide reduction projects to help meet the standard, providing new support for greenhouse gas reduction efforts in agriculture.

  • April and May 2011 – Local governments in Oregon help to sponsor a series of public meetings on the Roadmap to 2020, creating a “Roadshow for the Roadmap

  • March 2011 – The Oregon Global Warming Commission submits its second biennial report to the legislature.


  • December 2010 – The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute releases its first Oregon Climate Assessment Report and the State of Oregon releases The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework to provide a comprehensive suite of information to understand climate change impacts in Oregon and how the state should prepare for and adapt to those changes.

  • October 2010 - The Oregon Global Warming Commission unanimously adopts the series of reports emerging from the Roadmap to 2020 process an “Interim Roadmap to 2020”, with plans to bring the Roadmap to the public for additional comment.

  • Summer 2010 – The Oregon Global Warming Commission works with stakeholders on a “Roadmap to 2020” process to identify key actions necessary to achieve Oregon’s greenhouse gas reduction goals for 2020 and 2050.

  • March 2010 – The Oregon Legislature passes SB 1059, which in concert with HB 2001 passed in the 2009 session requires that transportation-sector greenhouse gas targets be established for metropolitan areas in Oregon and that planning and analysis be conducted to determine how to meet those targets.


  • October 2009 - The City of Portland and Multnomah County adopt their 2009 Climate Action Plan. The three-year plan outlines actions to move the region toward an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

  • July 2009 - A series of climate bills were signed into law that expand reporting requirements for greenhouse gases, and support energy efficiency projects and low-emissions energy technologies.

  • March 2009 - The Oregon Global Warming Commission submitted its first Biennial Report to the Oregon Legislature. The report included the six recommendations adopted by the Commission in 2008 and early 2009 and a summary of actions taken by the state so far to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for global warming.



  • October 2007 - Oregon joined with governments around the world to form the International Carbon Action Partnership.

  • August 2007 - Oregon and other Western Climate Initiative members set regional target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (press release).

  • June 2007 - The Oregon Renewable Energy Act (SB 838) was signed into law. It requires Oregon's largest utilities to acquire 25% of their electricity from new, homegrown renewable energy sources by 2025. Smaller Oregon utilities must meet smaller renewable energy targets of 5% or 10% of their electricity by 2025.

  • June 2007 - The Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 3543. The law set targets for reducing Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions and established the Oregon Global Warming Commission and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. The emissions targets are to:

    • Arrest growth of emissions by 2010.
    • Reduce emissions to 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
    • Reduce emissions to 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
  • May 2007 - Oregon was one of 31 states to become a charter member of The Climate Registry, "a nonprofit collaboration among North American states, provinces, territories and Native Sovereign Nations that sets consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions into a single registry."

  • February 2007 - The governors of five western states including Oregon signed a joint memorandum of understanding to form the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative (later shortened to the Western Climate Initiative, or WCI).

  • 2007 - Carbon emissions in Multnomah County were 1% below 1990 levels.



  • Oregon establishes the Low Emission Vehicles (LEV) program. It requires new vehicles purchased in or imported to Oregon after 2008 to meet California's strict tailpipe emissions standards.


2003 and Earlier

  • 2001 - Portland/Multnomah County develop a Local Action Plan on Global Warming.

  • 2001 - Oregon passes a forestry carbon offsets law that allows the State Forester to establish programs to market, register, transfer or sell forestry carbon offsets on behalf of the state, a trust fund and other nonfederal forest landowners.

  • 1997 - Oregon became the first state in the nation to control CO2 emissions. The bill (HB 3283) requires developers to reduce the overall amount of CO2 emitted from new power plants and gave the Energy Facility Siting Council authority to set CO2 emissions standards for new energy facilities. The same year, The Climate Trust was founded to acquire carbon offsets on behalf of new fossil-fueled power plants regulated by the law.

  • March 1995 - The Oregon Department of Energy completed its Report on Reducing Oregon's Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

  • March 1993 - Portland became the first U.S.A. local government with a climate action plan - The City of Portland Carbon Dioxide Reduction Strategy.

  • 1992 - Oregon adopted a benchmark to hold carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels. This benchmark is one of the Oregon Benchmarks measured by the Oregon Progress Board.

  • 1991 - Oregon and the other three Pacific Northwest states adopted a regional power plan that recognizes the potential threat of global warming in its recommended resource portfolio.

  • July 1990 - The Task Force of Global Warming submitted its Report to Governor Neil Goldschmidt and the Legislature. The report assessed how global warming could affect the state and presented actions state agencies proposed to take in response to global warming.