Washington Releases Draft Rule for Cap and Trade Program

Washington Department of Ecology’s draft cap and trade rule is out for public comment until July 15, 2022. Manufacturers who emit over 25,000 MT CO2e will be required to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as will electric and natural gas utilities and other fuel suppliers. Costs to all energy consumers in Washington will escalate as a result. Food Northwest staff and its Carbon Task Force are working this issue and will be submitting comments to Ecology. The Cap and Trade Program will begin January 1, 2023. For more information see CCA.