HB18-1297 - Climate Change Preparedness And Resiliency

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning a comprehensive plan to proactively address the anticipated impacts on Colorado of global climate change, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

The bill adopts the following greenhouse gas emission reduction goals:


  • Statewide greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 26% by 2025 when compared with 2005 levels; and
  • Carbon dioxide emissions from electrical generation, when compared with 2012 levels, should be reduced by 25% by 2025 and by 30% by 2030.

The Colorado resiliency and recovery office in the division of local government in the department of local affairs is required to, on an ongoing basis:


  • Collect and analyze data regarding the economic and environmental impacts of not addressing climate change and calculate the economic costs of climate change;
  • Develop a model to estimate the future impacts of climate change on Colorado;
  • Analyze the results of the modeling on regional and Colorado-specific climatic conditions currently and the expected future conditions under a variety of climate change scenarios;
  • Update the Colorado resiliency framework, taking into account the goals, the rules, and the data and analysis; and
  • Develop tools and resources to support locally led climate resilience initiatives.

The bill appropriates $432,345 and 1.6 FTE to the department of local affairs for use by the Colorado resiliency and recovery office to implement the act.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: May 1, 2018
05/01/2018 - Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
04/24/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/24/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/23/2018 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/19/2018 - House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/21/2018 - House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
03/16/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy