Climate Action Plan 2021-2026
The Climate Action Plan 2021-2026 is ODOT’s 5-year plan for work to address the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the transportation system in Oregon. The plan includes actions ODOT is taking between 2021-2026 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, improve climate justice and make the transportation system more resilient to extreme weather events.
ODOT is committed to address the impacts of climate change, reduce transportation emissions and help achieve Oregon’s climate goals. The agency’s work to address the impacts of climate change is continually evolving, and the Climate Action Plan will be updated as needed to reflect advancements and changes. Moving forward ODOT will continue to identify additional efforts and opportunities to help achieve Oregon’s climate goals.
Why do we need a Climate Action Plan
Climate is a critical lens by which ODOT will make decisions and investments, balanced alongside other important considerations like equity, safety, and the economy. ODOT recognizes of the importance of reducing carbon emissions from transportation and the impacts climate is having on moving people and goods in the state.
Climate change poses a huge threat to Oregon’s economy, environment, and way of life. The evidence is stark: wildfires, flooding, landslides, and other extreme weather have damaged our roads, destroyed homes, and cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Greenhouse gas emissions accelerate climate change, and in Oregon greenhouse gases from transportation make up approximately 40% of total greenhouse gas emissions.
What is in the Climate Action Plan
The Climate Action Plan is unique to ODOT’s work, and only contains actions under the agency’s authority and the partnerships the agency is engaged in. The actions included in the plan were identified based on agency goals and priorities, as well as stakeholder feedback on important emissions reduction actions for the agency. The plan contains a number of actions related to transportation electrification and electric vehicles, walking and bicycling, public transit, system efficiency, pricing and tolling, low carbon construction, addressing climate justice, measuring progress and making the transportation system more resilient.
Categories of Actions
The Climate Action Plan contains a number of actions across a variety of categories. More details on the actions under each category can be found in the plan.
Policy, Investments, Equity & Engagement
• Solidify long-term commitment to climate in agency policy and decision making.
• Form cooperative agreements with state agencies and support local jurisdictions to collaboratively pursue climate actions.
• Invest in community capacity building to enhance public engagement in decision making.
• Engrain climate justice and equity into the agency’s policy framework.
• Support electrification of the transportation system to increase the amount of electric vehicles on our roads.
• Seek additional funding to support walking and bicycling infrastructure, and expand public transit service.
• Educate Oregonians about the benefits of alternative modes of transportation, like walking, bicycling or public transit.
• Improve the efficiency of the existing transportation system to make it more reliable.
Implement pricing actions to manage demand and recover the full cost of travel and environmental impacts of roadways.
Adaptation, Sustainability & Monitoring
• Make the transportation system more resilient and respond to impacts of climate change and reduce ODOT’s emissions and carbon footprint.
• Monitoring progress towards our climate goals and incorporate climate performance measures into agency decisions.
Please contact the ODOT Climate Office
with questions about the plan.