On April 24, 2007, Premier Gordon Campbell announced that British Columbia will become the first jurisdiction outside of the United States to join the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative, a joint effort to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change established in February 2007 by the governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. Under the agreement, the five states and B.C. will jointly set a regional emissions target by August 2007, and by August 2008 will establish a market-based system – such as a cap-and-trade program covering multiple economic sectors – to aid in meeting the target. The participants will also set up an emissions registry and tracking system. The initiative builds on work already undertaken individually by the participating states and B.C., each of which has already set its own emissions reductions goals.
Western Regional Climate Action Initiative Press Release
Map of Regional Initiatives
Map of States with Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets