Seattle Climate Action Plan

Background

The Climate Action Plan is due to be updated in 2023.

Seattle's Climate Action Plan, adopted in 2018, calls for the city to do the following:

  • Address congestion and transportation emissions through pricing, coupled with investments in expanded transit and electrification in underserved communities. Update: SDOT has been studying a downtown congestion pricing plan, more discussion here.

  • Pass a new electric vehicle readiness ordinance in 2018, which will ensure new construction or renovation of parking structures is built with electric vehicle infrastructure. Update: ordinance was passed in Feb 2019.

  • Vehicle charging station network map & strategy. Update: Pilot project underway, and Seattle City Light Transportation Electrification Plan will define it further..

  • Ride share and taxi fleet electrification. No update available.

  • Create a new Green Fleet Action Plan, by the end of 2018, to accelerate the electrification of the municipal fleet and phase out fossil fuel use in municipal vehicles. Update: Plan was updated in 2019.

  • Issue an Executive Order directing City departments to assess the GHG emissions impact of City plans, policies, and major investments. Update: order was issued in 2018. Impact of this unknown.

  • Adopt a tiered state residential energy code that can be adopted by cities. Update: this requires a change to state law which has been up before the legislature but has not passed.

  • Create pilot program offering additional height and floor area incentives for significant upgrades in energy and water use, and transportation efficiency. Update: established a Green Priority Expedited plan that offers faster permitting in exchange for meeting a green building rating.

  • Incentive-driven 2030 performance standards for commercial and multifamily buildings. Update: Washington passed the Clean Buildings Law, which offers incentives for 2021-2026, after which the requirements become mandatory.

  • City Light Whole Building Pay for Performance (P4P) Programs. Update: Seattle City Light incentive program offering payments for verified energy savings.

  • Double existing budget allocation for reducing energy in municipal buildings from 2012-2015, with a goal of reducing energy use by 40 percent. Update: ?

  • Propose recommendations to mayor to convert 18,000 homes from heating oil to an electric heat pump. Update: Passed an Oil Heating Law that offers rebates for conversion to electricity for people currently heating with oil, as well as a tax on heating oil. The tax has been delayed one year to Sept. 2021 due to Covid-19.