Washington State Aims At Its Largest Emissions Producers

Large corporations with the biggest greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State will soon be forced to take part in a cap and invest program for their carbon footprint. 

This is part of new laws that will kick in from January 2023, with the full program being run by the Washington Department of Ecology. It will allow different organizations to trade carbon emissions, forcing those that have very high emissions to buy credits while those with low emissions can profit by selling emissions. 

The Environmental Leader recently reported on what kind of companies will be involved. 

“The Washington program will require organizations that directly or indirectly produce more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon emissions a year to participate. The Seattle Times reported that 98 organizations will initially fall under that umbrella. The rule allows some exceptions for free carbon allowances and smaller organizations can voluntarily join the program.”

This will initially affect 98 companies, but it’s expected that the program will expand. There are also provisions to allow companies to invest in carbon offset programs that are classed as beneficial for environmental and climate action. 

It’s a positive move to start forcing the worst greenhouse gas emitters to take more serious actions. 

Chris is one of GreenCitizen’s writers who has been a long-time advocate of individual responsibility when it comes to the environment. He shares GreenCitizen's passion for making the world a better place every day of the year.

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