Climate Change Action


Governor Kate Brown signed Executive Order 20-04 on March 10, 2020 directing multiple state agencies to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the worst effects of climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions directly supports the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s mission of protecting and enhancing Oregon’s environment.

The order includes a directive to the Environmental Quality Commission and DEQ to take actions necessary to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with science-based emissions reduction goals. Sectors and sources of emissions listed in the order are large stationary sources, transportation fuels, including gasoline and diesel, and all other liquid and gaseous fuels, including natural gas. DEQ’s Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs will be leading efforts to develop a new program or programs to cap and reduce emissions from those sectors.

Technical workshops

In August and September, DEQ will be hosting six technical workshops via webinar for detailed discussions on specific program design elements, options, and implications to inform program scoping prior to formal rulemaking. Each workshop will have an accompanying issue brief that will be made available in advance of the webinar to help set the stage for the discussion.

Workshop 1

Program scope focused on the sectors, sources, and types of emissions to be covered

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, 9 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

How to participate

  • Join the Zoom meeting 
    Password: 440813
  • Join by phone
    Call in number: +1 253 215 8782
    Meeting ID: 948 8479 3306
    Password: 440813

To assist DEQ in preparing for the meeting, please fill out this optional registration form.


Reports to the Governor

Under the executive order, DEQ must submit a preliminary report to Governor Brown by May 15, 2020 and a final report by June 30, 2020 regarding program options to cap and reduce emissions that can commence no later than Jan. 1, 2022. 

These reports to the Governor do not recommend any particular program design recommendations. Both reports includes the following key sections:

  1. Initial legal review of EQC authority for a cap and reduce program consistent with the executive order.
  2. Proposed program development process, including opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement and a tentative rulemaking timeline.
  3. DEQ policy considerations and anticipated key program design elements.
  4. Next steps and how to stay informed on the program development process.

DEQ accepted comments on the preliminary report from its submission to the Governor on May 15 through June 15, 2020 for input for the final report.

The Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs held three listening sessions to walk through the preliminary report submitted on options to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, discuss opportunities for stakeholders and the public to engage in the program development process, and answer clarifying questions about the report.


Lauren Slawsky, 503-229-5186

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Public engagement kick-off

On July 29, 2020, DEQ held a virtual information session to kick-off the public engagement process to develop a program to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. The meeting was an opportunity for the public and stakeholders to learn more about the program development and upcoming opportunities for participation, ask questions, and provide comment.


Check back here often for new developments and information.