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Background and past events

Materials from past meetings

Additional Resources

The Washington State Transportation Carbon Reduction Strategy is building on and incorporating existing work and requirements.

State Energy Strategy

The Washington State Department of Commerce developed the Washington State Energy Strategy in 2021 with input from stakeholders, including WSDOT.

The transportation chapter (PDF 1.4MB) identifies two overarching strategies. The Transportation Carbon Reduction Strategy will expand on these strategies:

  • Moving people and goods more efficiently and equitably
  • Electrifying vehicles and switching to low-carbon fuels

Coordination with concurrent planning efforts

WSDOT is preparing the Transportation Carbon Reduction Strategy in coordination with related efforts also underway. We are sharing methods and data where relevant with these tasks:

Vehicle miles traveled proviso

In 2021, the Washington Legislature directed WSDOT to develop a process for establishing local vehicle miles traveled reduction targets, recommend a suite of options for local jurisdictions to achieve the targets, recommend changes to laws and rules to support reduction in vehicle miles of travel, and identify funding requirements for state and local jurisdictions. To date, WSDOT has completed an initial technical report and interim report. The final report will become available in July.

Vehicle electrification planning

WSDOT and Commerce are co-leading the Electric Vehicle Council. Their work includes developing a Statewide Transportation Electrification Strategy. The strategy document will be completed by December 31, 2023.

Electrolytic hydrogen and alternate fuels study

Commerce is leading the Green Electrolytic Hydrogen and Renewable Fuels Study, which is due to the Legislature by December 1, 2023. The study will develop a series of recommendations for state decision-makers to consider in the deployment of hydrogen and renewable fuels, including production factors, siting, and permitting, with the goal of advancing the 2021 State Energy Strategy and statewide emissions reductions.