Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy

The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy on October 28, 2013 - committing their governments to a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy. The Pacific Coast Collaborative was established on June 30, 2008 when the State Governors (and Premier of BC) signed the Pacific Coast Collaborative Agreement. This agreement was the first to unite Pacific leaders in developing a shared strategy and vision for the region. Through the Joint Action Plan, California, Oregon and Washington also committed to initiating pilot projects to demonstrate best practices for increasing the climate resilience of infrastructure.

Collaborative members agree to several climate-related objectives in the Action Plan. The members affirm the necessity of using climate science to inform policy and agree to work with global governments and sub-governments to advocate for an international climate change agreement in 2015. Section II of the Plan focuses on clean energy and climate-resilient infrastructure, with an objective to "make infrastructure climate-smart and investment-ready." To support this goal, the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington pledged to sponsor pilot projects with local governments and state agencies, including with the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX). The WCX is demonstrating how to attract private capital for infrastructure projects while increasing climate resilience through best practices and certification standards.

Pursuant to the Plan, the four jurisdictions also agree to many mitigation-related initiatives, including the institution of low carbon fuel standards, accounting for the costs of carbon pollution, and combining programs to promote regional consistency.




Publication Date: October 28, 2013

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