California Air Resources Board Releases Proposal for Implementing Global Warming Law

On October 15, 2008, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a final Proposed Scoping Plan for implementing A.B. 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.  The Scoping Plan provides recommendations for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Key elements of the plan include expanded energy efficiency programs and higher efficiency standards, increased use of renewable energy sources, the creation of a California cap-and-trade program that can be integrated with the Western Climate Initiative cap-and-trade program, and efforts to decrease transportation-related emissions.

The document builds on a draft plan, released in June 2008, and incorporates public and stakeholder input. While modifications to the final proposal were minimal, important changes include more aggressive transportation-related emissions targets, detailed recommendations for a cap-and-trade program covering 85 percent of California’s emissions by 2020, and a focus on the health, economic, and job-related benefits of climate action. The plan was created by the ARB in collaboration with the state’s Climate Action Team. Members of the ARB will vote on the Proposed Scoping Plan in December, and measures will be developed and implemented by 2012.

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