Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Opportunities

Provide a Written Comment on the Draft Rule

Written public comment is welcome anytime during the public comment period (Aug. 13 to Nov. 18). Please submit all written comments to [email protected] on or before 12:00 noon on Nov. 18, 2021. También se aceptan comentarios en español.

Attend a Public Hearing

GHG Transportation Planning Standard

CDOT has proposed a new standard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, improve air quality and reduce smog, and provide more travel options. The GHG Pollution Reduction Planning Standard is one of several transportation strategies identified in the state’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Pollution Reduction Roadmap and is a key requirement established in the 2021 state transportation funding bill (SB260). 

The proposed standard focuses on transportation planning — the process for how CDOT and the state’s largest metropolitan regions select future transportation projects. Long before a transportation project is built, it is first identified in plans developed with local public input. These plans often include a decade or more of projects and thus represent a short- and medium-term vision for coming changes. Review CDOT’s current 10-year plan online here.

The draft standard would require CDOT and the state’s five Metropolitan Planning Organizations to determine the total pollution and greenhouse gas emission increase or decrease expected from future transportation projects and take steps to ensure that greenhouse gas emission levels do not exceed set reduction amounts. This approach will also streamline the planning and delivery of innovations that have proven successful in improving quality of life and air quality, like adding sidewalks, improving downtowns for active transportation with “complete streets,” improving local and intercity transit and first-and-last-mile connectivity to transit facilities, and adding bike-shares. This policy  recognizes that the transportation projects we build have an impact on how Coloradans travel and encourages choices for travelers across the state.

Publication of the draft standard begins a 90-day public review period. During this time, CDOT will host public hearings in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Fort Collins, the Denver metropolitan area, Colorado Springs, Durango and Limon. The hearings will have a virtual option so that any interested stakeholders can still participate without attending in person.

Learn About the Proposed Rule

Sign up to become a stakeholder and receive updates online here.

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    Rulemaking Timeline

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    The Transportation Commission recently held two workshops and finalized the GHG Policy Memo.