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Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

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This is one of ten outcomes to make measurable progress toward achieving our strategic priorities

What Does this Outcome Mean?

Forty percent of Oregon's total greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation emissions. We're working with multiple partners throughout the state to reduce that number -- following the Oregon Statewide Transportation Strategy: A 2050 Vision for GHG Reduction -- but we can do our part internally too.

Our Actions: How We’ll Get There

  • 2021: Establish a carbon baseline for emissions from the construction of transportation projects.
  • 2021: Identify alternative lower carbon materials and fuels and set emission reduction targets.
  • 2022: Apply greenhouse gas emission standards in making ODOT investment decisions.
  • 2022: Phase in lower carbon materials, fuels and construction practices; monitor and adjust.
  • 2022: Adjust investment programs to invest in lower emission projects (e.g. bike, walk, transit).

How Will We Measure Our Success?

We will measure our success based on progress towards greenhouse gas emissions reductions from ODOT activities, such as identifying low carbon fuels and materials, and adjusting investment programs and construction practices to achieve lower carbon options. 

Our Progress So Far

The Climate Office distributed GHG index results for regional projects. We apply a climate lens to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program scoping lists to aid in project selection.

Thanks to our Fleet Services team, we have seen year over year increases in renewable diesel use (23% in 2020 and 37% in 2021). The fuel offers significant emission reductions and is similar in cost to standard fossil diesel.