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Washington State proposes carbon bill to boost nature conservation efforts

Carbon markets are heating up across the United States, with states increasingly seeking to curb their carbon footprint. Washington state is no exception. With new developments in carbon policy, carbon sequestration, and carbon offsetting, Washington is moving closer to its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

010323_Washington State proposes carbon bill to boost nature conservation efforts

Background on the Washington carbon market

One of the most significant recent developments in the Washington carbon marketplace is the proposed legislation to allow the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to sell carbon credits. The DNR, which currently leases state-owned lands for carbon sequestration projects, is pushing for the ability to sell carbon credits to generate millions of dollars for public schools, counties, and fire departments. 

The proposed bill would allow the DNR to freely sell carbon credits and create carbon offset projects, which reduce or remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. While some counties, ports, and timber companies have raised concerns about the potential impact on rural communities, supporters of the legislation argue that the carbon offset projects could expand working forest land, generating more revenue over the long term.

Washington State has already seen a loss of 400,000 acres of working forestland in recent decades, with an expected loss of another 600,000 acres in the next 20 years. The DNR currently has to apply for grants and limited external funding to support restoration projects. The sale of carbon credits would provide extra funding to restore damaged forests that would otherwise not be restored. It would also support the local timber industry since the amount of working forestland would expand due to forest restoration.

Did you know the carbon credits market is expected to grow 100 times by 2050?

The expansion of the Clean Energy Fund

Another significant development in the Washington carbon marketplace is the expansion of the state's Clean Energy Fund. The state legislature recently approved a bill to expand the Clean Energy Fund, which provides funding for clean energy research and development, as well as carbon reduction projects. 

The expansion will increase the fund from $100 million to $200 million and extend its lifespan through 2029. The fund has already supported projects such as developing a carbon capture and storage project in Centralia, Washington, and constructing a first-of-its-kind hybrid renewable energy system on the Makah Indian Reservation.

The development of new projects 

In addition to policy developments, exciting new carbon sequestration projects have been underway in Washington. One notable project is the Snohomish County Climate Mitigation Project, which aims to plant 1 million trees in the county by 2025. The project, a partnership between the county, Forterra, and the Tulalip Tribes, will help sequester carbon and provide numerous other environmental and social benefits.

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New carbon initiatives 

Finally, there have been several innovative carbon-offsetting initiatives underway in Washington. One such initiative is the state's first-ever carbon offset programme for dairy farms. The programme, developed by the Northwest Dairy Association and the dairy co-op Darigold, provides an opportunity for dairy farmers to earn revenue by reducing their carbon footprint. The programme is expected to generate over 700,000 carbon offsets by 2026, potentially generating even more over time.

Conclusion and future of the carbon marketplace in Washington

Washington state is at the forefront of carbon reduction and efforts to invest in nature. With new policy developments, carbon sequestration projects, and innovative carbon offsetting initiatives, Washington is making strides towards its net-zero goal. As the state continues to take action, the potential for a thriving carbon marketplace in Washington is increasingly promising.

The recent news from Washington state regarding the potential authorisation of the DNR to sell carbon credits is significant for the carbon marketplace and DGB's mission. As a project developer of high-quality, large-scale carbon and biodiversity projects, DGB assists governments and corporations in achieving net zero via verified emission reduction credits.

Authorising the DNR to sell carbon credits will generate more revenue for public schools, counties, and fire departments. This revenue can fund natural resource investments such as forest health and post-wildfire restoration projects. By generating revenue for these projects, the state can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which aligns with DGB's mission of promoting nature conservation and biodiversity.

Additionally, the authorisation of the DNR to sell carbon credits can potentially expand working forest land through reforestation and restoration efforts. This expansion of working forest land can provide more opportunities for carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By working on these types of carbon offset projects, DGB can continue to promote its mission of helping biodiversity flourish and conserving nature.

In summary, the recent news in Washington state regarding the potential authorisation of the DNR to sell carbon credits is significant for the carbon marketplace and relates to DGB's mission and work. It provides an opportunity to generate revenue for crucial natural resource investments, expand working forest land, and promote biodiversity.

If you're interested in staying up-to-date on innovative carbon projects like those discussed in this blog post, be sure to follow DGB. As a project developer and operator focused on bringing excellence to the carbon marketplace, DGB is committed to helping governments and corporations achieve net zero through verified emission reduction credits. With a global presence and a focus on nature conservation, DGB is uniquely positioned to help promote a more sustainable future. Be sure to follow DGB on its website and social media channels to learn more about its work in Washington state and beyond.

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