CARB releases draft update to AB 32 Scoping Plan

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 3, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a discussion draft of their AB 32 Scoping Plan Update and, for the first time, they look beyond 2020 for further reduction goals.

AB 32 requires the Scoping Plan to be updated every five years. The original Plan was first released in 2008. The draft update focuses on three questions:

  • How have we done over the past five years?
  • What is needed to continue the prescribed course of action to 2020?
  • What steps must California now take to meet the state’s climate goals beyond 2020?

CARB’s strategy to meet the goals of AB 32 is based on the continued implementation of adopted actions including Advanced Clean Cars, the 33 percent Renewables Portfolio Standard, statewide energy-efficiency initiatives, Cap-and-Trade, and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

The discussion draft includes an analysis of progress to date, finding that California is on track to meet the AB 32 2020 goal of greenhouse gas reductions.  An overview of the current science of climate change in the draft includes an expanded discussion of short-lived climate pollutants such as methane and black carbon. It also includes actions California must take to continue greenhouse gas reductions in six key focus areas: energy; transportation, land use, fuels and infrastructure; water; agriculture; natural and working lands; and, waste.

The release of the discussion draft update marks the beginning of a public comment period. Future steps in the development of the Proposed Update include a public workshop on October 15 in Sacramento (which will also be webcast) and a meeting of the Board, October 24 and 25, to hear from stakeholders and provide further direction to staff on revisions. Another version will then be presented to the Board at its December meeting. The Board is anticipated to consider approval of the update in the Spring of 2014.

To view the discussion draft Scoping Plan Update, go here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/2013_update/discussion_draft.pdf

To send comments on the discussion draft Scoping Plan Update, go here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/2013comments.htm

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