This page last reviewed November 18, 2009
|California's agricultural sector contributes to
statewide greenhouse gas emissions (approximately 6% in 2004) and has
the potential to play an important role in helping the State reduce
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ARB convened an
Agriculture Stakeholder Working Group to provide input on potential GHG
emission reduction strategies for the agricultural sector and aid in
evaluating possible alternative approaches such as markets or
Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32; Statutes of 2006, chapter 488), creates a comprehensive, multi-year program to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. In order to lay out a roadmap to achieve AB 32's goals for 2020 and beyond, ARB adopted the AB 32 Scoping Plan in December 2008, to guide the implementation of AB 32. The Agriculture Stakeholder Working Group provided an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to the development of the AB 32 Scoping Plan and helped identify potential approaches to reduce GHG emissions.
The Scoping Plan's dominant strategy for reducing agricultural GHG emissions gases is to promote the voluntary adoption of manure digester technology. This voluntary approach will be re-evaluated in five years, in 2013. In addition, ARB is supporting and coordinating research with academia, stakeholders and other state agencies to understand how to reduce GHG emissions associated with California specific nitrogen land applications.
For questions or comments, please contact Janet Spencer at (916) 324- 2717