This project enabled us to develop a wealth of information about specific policies and actions required to decarbonize the building, transportation, electricity, and industrial sectors in the next decade and beyond, not only in Washington, but across the Northwest.
The Clean Energy Transition Institute facilitated the technical advisory process, design, and production of the Washington State 2021 Energy Strategy from March to December with the following consultants:
Aditi Bansal, Policy and Research Analyst
Marc Daudon, Senior Fellow
Nicole Larson, Research Assistant
David Paolella, Policy and Research Analyst
Eileen V. Quigley, Executive Director
Jeremy Hargreaves, Principal
Roel Hammerschlag, Principal
Betony Jones, Founder
Karen Beck, Partner
Carol Maglitta, Partner
Derik Broekhoff, Senior Scientist
Michael Lazarus, U.S. Center Director
Poppy Storm, Founder and Director of Innovation
CETI is launching Operation 2030 in partnership with the 2050 Institute to frame and jumpstart the large-scale mobilization required by 2030 to position Washington State to meet its transformational building decarbonization goals by 2050. The initiative currently consists of two phases starting with a report in fall 2021, followed by a series of Operation 2030 strategic forums and policy briefs throughout 2022.
It is difficult to overestimate the critical importance the next eight years will play in securing Washington’s capacity to decarbonize its building stock by 2050. To meet its 2050 emissions limits, the state must decarbonize, maximize efficiency, and increase demand flexibility in more than 3 million buildings and homes in less than 30 years.
To succeed in this transition at this scale, Washington must decarbonize and retrofit as many buildings and housing units as possible between now and 2030, while building a policy platform and the institutional and market capacity to turbocharge the annual retrofit rate by no later than 2030.
This large-scale transformation of the building stock will be a tremendous planning and logistical challenge, requiring a high degree of alignment in terms of vision, goals, and implementation across all relevant departments, agencies, organizations, and market actors.
However, this effort also offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity for deep investment in market innovation, economic growth, and community resilience, as well as bold shifts in how Washington regulates, incentivizes, and funds building performance and decarbonization. Operation 2030 is intended to help chart this path with a specific emphasis on the time-critical nature of key strategic decisions and actions.
Phase 1 of Operation 2030 includes a report defining the mission-critical pathway to strategically decarbonize Washington’s building stock by 2050. The study will assess key uncertainties and considerations that must be addressed to ensure the pathway can be operationalized at scale while mitigating grid impacts and maximizing positive economic and equity impacts.
The report will include milestones and metrics for new and existing buildings, including annual retrofit rates, and will recommend an approach to tracking progress against key metrics. Operation 2030 will also recommend a prioritized list of key policy and structural changes, and a fast-tracked timeline by year from 2022 through 2030.
Phase 2 will include a series of Operation 2030 strategic forums and workshops bringing stakeholders together to develop targeted policies and implementation strategies that recognize the scale, pace, and paradigm shifts required to successfully mobilize and align key segments of the building sector. The forum outputs will be summarized in Operation 2030 policy briefs throughout 2022.