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Metropolitan Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

LCDC Updates Targets for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In 2011 the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted rules (OAR 660 - 044) setting targets to guide long range planning by Oregon’s metropolitan areas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from auto travel.  By law, Oregon's long term goal is to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 75% below 1990 levels by 2050 (HB 3543). LCDC's target rules were in response to the legislative mandate of 2010's Senate Bill 1059. 

In May 2015, LCDC completed a required review of the rules. It approved the staff report TargetsFullReport.pdfTargetsFullReport.pdf and agreed the rules should be updated to set targets for the years beyond 2035. 
In 2016, the department worked with other state agencies (the Oregon Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Quality, and Oregon Department of Energy) to gather the technical information needed for updating the rules. The department convened an advisory committee to advise the update, including an evaluation on how scenario planning efforts can be better integrated into other metropolitan area work on transportation and land use plans.
In January 2017, LCDC adopted updated targets for the state's metropolitan areas.  In brief, the updated targets:
  • Move targets farther out into the future (2040-2050) to account for MPO planning horizons
  • Incorporate new knowledge about future assumptions
  • Incorporate lessons learned through scenario planning


Read the staff report, including the Rulemaking Advisory Committee Target Recommendations Report http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/docs/meetings/lcdc/012517/Item_13_GHG_Targets.pdf

Metropolitan Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Rulemaking Page

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LCDC Approves Portland Metro Area's Climate Smart Communities Strategy

At its May 21, 2015 meeting, the Land Conservation and Development Commission reviewed and approved the Portland Metro-area's plan to cut global warming pollution. The "Climate Smart Communities Strategy" lays out a plan to cut pollution from cars and light trucks by 29% over 20 years. 

Press release from Metro.

Staff report from DLCD.

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Target Rulemaking Background

Senate Bill 1059 (2010) and House Bill 2001 House Bill 2001 (2009) direct Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission to adopt rules by June 1, 2011 that set targets for metropolitan areas to plan for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.  Both bills anticipate that local governments in metropolitan areas will engage in land use and transportation scenario planning to evaluate and select a preferred scenario for achieving the adopted targets. 
House Bill 2001, which applies primarily to the Portland metropolitan area, requires development and adoption of scenario plans.  Senate Bill 1059, which applies to the state’s other five metropolitan areas, (Salem-Keizer, Eugene-Springfield, Rogue Valley, Bend and Corvallis), anticipates but does not require preparation of scenario plans at this time.

In 2011, the Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted targets based upon the recommendations from the Target Rulemaking Advisory Committee, in their report Recommendations on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
In addition to target rulemaking by the Land Conservation and Development Commission, Senate Bill 1059 directs the Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Department of Transportation to work together with local governments in metropolitan areas to produce several other products to support scenario planning and greenhouse gas reduction efforts.  These include:

  • Preparation by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Department of Energy of estimates of future vehicle and fuel technology to inform the target rulemaking.  The report, Agencies' Technical Report was delivered on March 1, 2011 and was used by the Target Rulemaking Advisory Committee in its recommendation.
  • Development by the Department of Transportation and the Oregon Transportation Commission of a Statewide Transportation Strategy for greenhouse gas reduction.  The Oregon Transportation Commission has appointed a  Statewide Transportation Strategy Policy Committee to assist in the effort.  A draft strategy is expected late in 2011.
  • Preparation by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Land Conservation and Development of guidance for scenario planning, including scenario planning guidelines and a toolkit of recommended practices and evaluation techniques for greenhouse gas reduction. 
  • A scenario planning funding report, delivered to the Legislature in January 2011, provided estimates about the amount of funding that local governments in metropolitan areas will need to conduct scenario planning.
  • A public education effort to inform the public about the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the costs and benefits of reducing emissions.

For more information about the Metropolitan Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets or related work contact Cody Meyer by email at cody.meyer@state.or.us or phone at (503) 934-0005.

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