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Climate Protection Program

Program overview

The Climate Protection Program is designed to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon over the next thirty years. The Climate Protection Program sets a declining limit, or cap, on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels used throughout Oregon, including diesel, gasoline, natural gas and propane, used in transportation, residential, commercial and industrial settings. The program also regulates site-specific greenhouse gas emissions at manufacturing facilities, such as emissions from industrial processes, with a best available emissions reductions approach.

The Climate Protection Program aims to: 

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address the worsening effects of climate change
  • Achieve co-benefits from reductions in other air contaminants
  • Enhance public welfare for Oregon communities, particularly environmental justice communities including communities of color, tribal communities, communities experiencing lower incomes, rural communities and coastal communities
  • Accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to lower carbon energy sources 

Program News

The Department of Environmental Quality will begin the process to reinstate the Climate Protection Program in the first quarter of 2024 following a December ruling from the Oregon Court of Appeals. Please see announcement DEQ news release.