Post 2020 climate policies teed up

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 23, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

California’s climate change program will reach an important benchmark when we achieve 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Now legislators and regulators are considering what issues should drive climate policies after 2020. Some agency reports and bill proposals are giving us a sense of what may be in store post 2020:

The California Air Resources Board this week approved the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update (SPU), required every five years to provide an update on progress meeting AB 32 goals, but this year also including recommendations for post 2020 strategies. In addition, the Office of Planning and Research will soon finalize the Governor’s Environmental Goals and Policy Report. The goal to further reduce greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2050 is the driving force behind the recommendations in that report. Finally, the legislature may send bills to the Governor recommending studies or analysis to develop a firm and enforceable target for 2030 as a stepping-stone to 2050.

Up to this point, the early implementation of AB 32 has focused on reducing emissions from very large industries and electric generators. The next phase of AB 32 cap and trade, from 2015 to 2020, will include all natural gas and transportation fuel use and expose all consumers to AB 32 related costs. We anticipate that the climate change policies and programs through 2020 and beyond will move ever deeper into all segments of the California economy.

The important opportunity now is to educate legislators, many of whom were not in office when AB 32 became law in 2006, about the issues at stake as we move toward 2030 or 2050 goals. Newly impacted stakeholders need to educate themselves first, so it is not too early to review the various proposals and get a basic understanding of the potential costs and benefits. To that end, we encourage large manufacturers who have been deeply involved with AB 32 compliance to share their climate change policy knowledge with smaller businesses in their industry sectors, supply chains, and through leadership in regional groups. Legislators will look for, and listen to, input from their local chambers and manufacturing groups.

As an early participant in AB 32 regulatory development and through its role as Chair of the AB 32 Implementation Group, CMTA can help bridge the knowledge gap so that other organizations and groups can become more active and engaged. Contact drothrock@cmta.net to sign-up for the CMTA Climate Change Advisory Committee to learn more about the post 2020 proposals, AB 32 IG and your options for education and engagement.

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