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newsrel -- Early Action Measures to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Posted: 20 Apr 2007 11:42:45
Please find the following California Air Resources Board news
release regarding a draft document outlining early action
measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The news release can be found at:

The early action meaures document can be found here:

Thank you,
Gennet Paauwe
Office of Communications
California Air Resources Board


California  Environmental  Protection  Agency

Air Resources Board

Release 07-15

April 20, 2007			

Gennet Paauwe
Dimitri Stanich
(916) 322-2990

Early Action Measures to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

SACRAMENTO -- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has
released a draft report on proposed early actions to mitigate
greenhouse gases in California, consistent with the landmark
Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 signed by Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger on September 27, 2006.

“The impact of greenhouse gases on the world’s climate is an
urgent problem that calls for prompt action,” said ARB Chairman
Dr. Robert F. Sawyer.  “Discrete early action measures will get
that process started while we work on more comprehensive

The Act mandates that California’s greenhouse gas emissions be
reduced to 1990 levels by 2020, an ambitious 25% percent cut in
emissions compared to business as usual.  The Air Resources
Board must adopt a comprehensive blueprint for achieving that
goal by the end of 2008 and complete the necessary rulemaking to
implement that plan by the end of 2011.  In the meantime, the Act
requires “discrete early action measures” to ensure steady
progress in mitigating climate change.  As narrowly defined in
the law, the discrete early actions must be regulations, adopted
and enforceable no later than January 1, 2010.  However, there
are many other near-term actions underway at ARB that will
contribute to the State’s ultimate goal.    

Today’s early action report identifies three specific greenhouse
gas control rules to be adopted and enforced before January 1,
2010, along with 36 other climate protecting measures the Board
is initiating between now and 2011.  The report divides early
actions into three categories:  

•	Group 1 – GHG rules for immediate adoption and implementation 

•	Group 2 – Additional GHG measures underway between 2007-2009
•	Group 3 – Air pollution controls with potential climate

Three regulations are proposed to meet the narrow legal
definition of “discrete early action GHG reduction measures”: a
low-carbon fuel standard, reduction of refrigerant loses from
motor vehicle air conditioning system maintenance, and increased
methane capture from landfills.

A public workshop to discuss the draft report will be held in
Sacramento on April 23.  After gathering public comments, staff
will develop a final staff report for presentation to ARB’s
Governing Board at its June 20-21, 2007 hearing.

For more information go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/cc.htm .

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency.  ARB’s mission is to promote
and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources
through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing
and considering effects on the economy.  The ARB oversees all
air pollution control efforts in California to attain and
maintain health based air quality standards.


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