Protecting the environment has always been a priority for the people of greater Portland. Given that the transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon, any conversation about the future of transportation in the region must include a strong focus on its impacts on climate change.
The 2023 Regional Transportation Plan will include an update to the Climate Smart Strategy and will set policies to help meet the greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets mandated by the state. The first step will be preparing a policy brief on the implementation of key elements of the Climate Smart Strategy. The policy brief will assess whether key actions in the Climate Smart Strategy are being implemented.
The policy brief will also report the findings from a new analysis of the estimated greenhouse gas emissions using VisionEval – the carbon emissions estimation tool Oregon’s state government uses to set carbon emissions reduction targets for greater Portland as well as Oregon’s seven other metropolitan areas.