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newsrel -- Updated AB 32 Scoping Plan Builds on California’s Framework for Climate Action

Posted: 10 Feb 2014 17:04:46
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1gnUqy0

February 10, 2014



Dave Clegern
(916) 322-2990

Updated AB 32 Scoping Plan Builds on California’s Framework for
Climate Action 

Proposed Update indicates California is on track to achieve 2020
limit and sets stage for long-term reductions
Sacramento — The Air Resources Board today released the proposed
update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan. The Scoping Plan guides
development and implementation of California’s groundbreaking
greenhouse gas emission reduction programs. The Air Resources
Board is required to update the Scoping Plan every five years.

“The 2013 Scoping Plan update lays out the remaining steps to the
2020 limits set by AB 32. It moves the process forward with an
approach which cuts across economic sectors to combine greenhouse
gas reductions with reductions of smog-causing pollutants,” said
Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “It also describes
the need to extend key reduction programs now underway. The 2013
update lays the scientific and technological foundation to ensure
sustainable midterm and long-term emission reductions as well as
public health and economic goals.”

To achieve these goals California will need to continue building
on the AB 32 framework over the coming decades. The update also
lays out a set of new actions that will move the state farther
along the path to a low-carbon, sustainable future.  Some of the
actions are near-term, while others are focused on longer-term
efforts that will provide major benefits well into the future. 

Every major economic sector in the state must play an increasing
role in this cross-cutting effort to reduce greenhouse gases and
smog. Success will require the creation of new policies in some
sectors, and expanding and refining existing policies in others.

The update identifies eight key sectors for ongoing action: 
•	Energy
•	Transportation, fuels, land use and infrastructure
•	Agriculture 
•	Water 
•	Waste management 
•	Natural lands
•	Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (such as methane and black
•	Green Buildings

The 2013 update incorporates the latest scientific consensus
which indicates the need for accelerated emissions reductions in
the coming decades to achieve climate stabilization. This update
calls for a midterm statewide greenhouse gas reduction target,
and specific reduction targets for each of the key sectors to
guide California’s path toward an 80 percent reduction by 2050. 

The 2013 Scoping Plan update includes input from a range of key
state agencies. It is also the result of extensive public and
stakeholder processes designed to ensure that California’s
greenhouse gas and pollution reduction efforts continue to
improve public health and drive development of a more sustainable

To view the 2013 Scoping Plan update, click here:

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