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natandworkinglands -- May 23 - Kick-off meeting for the Dairy and Livestock GHG Reduction Working Group

Posted: 16 May 2017 08:01:53
The California Air Resources Board in partnership with the
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), California
Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy
Commission (CEC) will host the first meeting of the Dairy and
Livestock Greenhouse Gas Reduction Working Group (Working Group)
on May 23, 2017.  The first meeting of the Working Group will be
held on: 

Date:  May 23, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

CDFA’s Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814. 

The meeting will be live-streamed for online viewing, but this
will be a listen-in only option. Public comments will be received
at the meeting. Members of the public who wish to provide oral
comments at the meeting should plan to attend in person. More
information on the Working Group and meeting materials can be
found at https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/shortlived/shortlived.htm

The formation of the Working Group is called for by legislation
passed in 2016, Senate Bill 1383 (Lara), which requires the State
to develop and approve a plan to reduce emissions of short-lived
climate pollutants (SLCPs). Short-lived climate pollutants,
including methane from dairy cows and other livestock, are
greenhouse gases that, despite having a relatively short
residence time in the atmosphere, have a powerful warming
influence.  They are also harmful air pollutants. Accomplishing
swift reductions of SLCP emissions can have a significant impact
on cumulative climate change, lessening harmful climate change
impacts over the long term, and can improve public health. 

Methane from dairy manure and enteric fermentation make up the
largest portion of California agriculture’s 8% total greenhouse
gas emissions. CDFA houses two incentive programs to provide
dairies with financial assistance to reduce methane emissions;
the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program and the
Alternative Manure Management Practices Program. Despite the
development of these programs and the growing efforts to reduce
emissions, there are still many challenges which the Working
Group will address.

The newly-formed Working Group will identify and address
technical, market, regulatory, and other barriers to the
development of dairy methane reduction projects. The Working
Group, made up of CDFA, partner agencies and a diverse group of
stakeholders and experts, will produce recommendations to advance
methane reductions on and achieve other co-benefits from
California dairies and livestock operations while also supporting
the resiliency and sustainability of California’s world-renown
dairy and livestock industry. The Working Group will also foster
important relationships and build the cooperation necessary to
maximize environmental benefits, minimize impacts to
disadvantaged communities, and utilize available resources

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