AB 32 Scoping Plan Update released

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 14, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the second version of the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update (SPU). The original scoping plan adopted in 2008 included strategies to meet the 2020 goal of greenhouse gas emissions no greater than 1990 levels. The new SPU chart’s a path for emission reductions between 2020 and 2050. To reach the desired goal in 2050, the one percent per year reduction between 2000 and 2020 must accelerate to five percent per year between 2020 and 2050. CARB suggests that a 2030 target along that path should be adopted.

The 2050 goal proposed by CARB – 80 percent below 1990 levels – is the global emission level that, according to the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change, must be achieved to stabilize the climate. But the SPU recommendation for California directly hinges on other nations also adopting or achieving this goal. While noting that the European Union, the United Kingdom and Germany have comparable 2030 goals, recent news reports suggest they are rethinking the costs and economic impacts of their climate change strategies. However, CARB maintains that the 2050 target can be met with currently existing technologies, and that our economic and environmental sustainability depends on achieving the goal.

The key recommended actions outlined in the SPU are intended to move California as close as possible to a “zero emission” result: Zero net emissions for energy use in new residential and commercial buildings, renewable electric generation, carbon capture and storage for the remaining emissions from electric generation and industrial use of natural gas, electrification of the passenger car fleet, near zero emission trucks and goods movement systems, community planning to reduce vehicle miles traveled, new efforts to account for and eliminate or sequester agricultural and landfill emissions, increased water conservation and recycling, increased net forest carbon storage, and more.

More details on specific recommendations and timetables for program planning for each sector can be found in Table 6 beginning on page 103 of the SPU. For example, the SPU includes a proposal that by 2017 CARB would develop a plan for a post-2020 cap-and-trade program, including cost containment, to provide market certainty and address a mid-term emissions target. 

The full document is here: http://bit.ly/1iICCQh

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