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West Coast Initiative
West Coast Initiative
West Coast Governors´ Global Warming Initiative
The West Coast Governors´ Global Warming Initiative is a regional effort that focuses on six immediate topics and provides a structure for future cooperation.
As part of the West Coast Governors´ Global Warming Initiative, the governors first identified five regional actions that their states could begin immediately to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Interstate Executive Committee added a sixth action in January 2004. Each state has identified a lead staff person to coordinate each regional projects. In Oregon, the staff leaders will report to the Advisory Group on the progress of their projects as well as coordinate through the regional structure.
  1. Use the states´ combined purchasing power to obtain fuel-efficient vehicles and low-rolling resistance tires for motor pool fleets. For example, the states are working on a uniform specification for the purchase of hybrid vehicles.
    (Dugan Petty / State Procurement Office, Department of Administrative Services)

  2. Reduce emissions from diesel fuel in transportation through reductions in the use of diesel generators in ships at west coast ports, and in the use of diesel engines in trucks by creating a system of emission-free truck stops along the Interstate 5 corridor that stretches from Mexico to Canada. (Pat Vernon/DEQ)

  3. Remove barriers to and encourage the development of renewable electricity generation resources and technologies. (Mark Kendall/ODOE)

  4. Improve efficiency standards with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, the states could work together to upgrade appliance efficiency standards and seek waivers of federal limitations where necessary. (Charlie Stephens/ODOE)

  5. Develop consistent and coordinated greenhouse gas emission inventories, protocols for standard reporting, and accounting methods for greenhouse gas emissions; and collaborate on improved scientific tools to more precisely measure the impact of climate change. (Sam Sadler/ODOE)

  6. There will be a working group on hydrogen fuel. The working group is in the process of developing its agenda. (Justin Klure/ODOE)
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