The Oregon Global Warming Commission is leading the State toward its goal of 10% GHG reduction below 1990 levels by 2020 and 75% below 1990 levels by 2050 across all sectors as established in House Bill 3543 (2007). Under House Bill 2001 (2009), Portland Metro is required to develop two or more land use and transportation scenarios designed to reduce GHG emission form light duty vehicles. Further, the law requires by June 2011 the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to adopt rules for Portland Metro which identify the amount of GHG emissions that must be reduced within the MPO’s boundaries by 2035 – with the Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Energy (DOE) estimating the reduction in vehicle miles of travel needed within Portland Metro to achieve the 2035 reduction.
In partnership with Oregon’s six MPOs and DOT, DEQ, and DOE, Senate Bill 1059 (2010) – Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative – requires DLCD to set light duty passenger GHG percent reduction targets for all six MPOs by 2035 target in order to help achieve the State’s 2050 targets for GHG reduction. Additionally, Section 8 of SB 1059 directs ODOT and the DLCD, in cooperation and consultation with local governments within metropolitan areas, to estimate the funding needed to prepare and evaluate land use and transportation scenarios and to identify potential funding sources for this work.