Western Climate Initiative
The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) was launched February 2007 by Governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington to develop regional strategies to address climate change. In spring 2007, the Governor of Utah and Premiers of British Columbia and Manitoba joined the Initiative. Montana joined in January 2008 and Quebec moved from Observer to Partner status in April, 2008. Most recently, Ontario joined the WCI in July 2008, also moving from Observer to Partner status.
The eight members of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) have established a regional goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.
The regional goal reflects the combined impact of GHG emissions goals each WCI member has already set and does not replace members' individual goals, including when these goals exceed the WCI goal.
The 15 percent emissions reduction from a 2005 base year means the combined target does not match established targets under the Kyoto Protocol for Canada of 6 percent below 1990 levels.
The WCI regional goal includes a commitment for each partner to "update the other WCI partners on their climate action plan and GHG emissions inventories every two years" but no public reporting requirements are mentioned, although membership in the WCI requires participation in The Climate Registry.
Manitoba's individual short-term (2010-2012) GHG emissions reduction target is stated as 6 percent below 1990 levels in the WCI announcement.