Mitigation actions work to slow the pace of climate change and reduce its negative impacts. Mitigation efforts at ODOT means reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result from the transportation sector. While users will make their own travel choices, ODOT can help make low-carbon options easy and affordable. This includes providing access to lower emission travel choices, such as low carbon vehicles and fuels, and increasing the use of non-single occupancy vehicle travel options. This requires coordination with other agencies to set, track, and accomplish emission reduction goals. Learn about ODOT’s Data & Analysis work that supports and tracks progress on these efforts.
What We're Working On
Climate Action Plan 2021-2026
The Climate Action Plan 2021-2026
is ODOT’s 5-year plan to address the climate change impacts from and on the transportation system. It provides specific actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, improve climate justice and make the transportation system more resilient to extreme weather events. The plan is based on agency goals and priorities, as well as stakeholder feedback. The plan contains 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.
The Statewide Transportation Strategy
(STS) is Oregon’s roadmap for transportation emissions reduction. The STS includes all aspects of the transportation system, including the movement of people and goods, and identifies a combination of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas, or GHG, emissions. The STS includes a variety of effective GHG emissions reduction strategies in transportation systems, vehicle and fuel technologies, and urban land use patterns. ODOT’s Climate Action Plan is consistent with the strategies in the STS.
Cleaner Transportation Choices
The STS calls upon state agencies to work together to meaningfully reduce transportation emissions. Every Mile Counts
is a partnership between ODOT, the Oregon Department of Energy, Department of Environmental Quality, and Department of Land Conservation & Development to implement the STS. The partnership focuses on collaborative actions that reduce transportation GHG emissions and implement the STS through reducing vehicle miles traveled, increasing use of cleaner vehicles and fuels, as well as integrating consideration of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into decision making.
Planning for the Future
ODOT is paying close attention to the GHG emissions from transportation programs and projects supported by the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
(STIP). STIP projects are ODOT’s long-term transportation investments, and development of projects for 2024-2027 STIP is well underway.
Applying a Climate Lens
The Climate Office is developing a “climate lens” to apply when considering GHG emissions from proposed STIP projects. GHG emissions are evaluated in the STIP during three key phases of decision-making: 1) when funding is allocated between investment programs, 2) as project lists are compiled and narrowed, and 3) at the public review of the draft and final project list. Current emission evaluations will establish a baseline, or starting point, and provide data and decision-support tools that inform investment tradeoffs into the future.
ODOT has moved quickly to integrate climate considerations into the projects proposed for the 2024-2027
STIP – and with tangible results.
Based on the analysis provided by the ODOT Climate Office
,the Oregon Transportation Commission approved funding that significantly increased investments in our Active and Public Transportation (non-highway) programs. ODOT also delivered a progress report to the Governor's Office
on June 30, 2021 that outlines the analysis process and path forward. ODOT will capture lessons learned and use these to make adjustments in the years ahead.
- Statewide Mode & Topics plans
We are working to ensure the climate lens is included in statewide policy documents, such as the upcoming Oregon Transportation Plan update.
- Local long-range planning
We are also working closely with other state agencies and local governments to consider and track progress towards the state GHG goals and targets.