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newsrel -- ARB Staff Proposes to Triple Early Action Measures Required Under AB 32

Posted: 07 Sep 2007 13:31:32
Please find the following news release from the California Air
Resources Board regarding a proposal to triple early action
measures required under AB 32.

You may also view the release here along with the accompanying
table outlining the measures:

Gennet Paauwe
Office of Communications
California Air Resources Board
(916) 322-2990



California  Environmental  Protection  Agency

Air Resources Board

Release 07-36

September 7, 2007

Gennet Paauwe
(916) 322-2990

ARB staff proposes to triple early action measures required
under AB 32

Projects would net more than 7 million metric tons of additional
greenhouse gas emissions

SACRAMENTO - As part of California’s historic effort to curb
global warming gases, Air Resources Board (ARB) staff today
proposed to nearly triple the set of early measures to help meet
the state’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions roughly 25
percent by 2020 as required by the Global Warming Solutions Act
(AB 32).

In addition, ARB staff proposed an additional set of measures
today that go above and beyond the narrow requirements of the
law. New proposals are expected to reduce greenhouse gases from
the trucking industry, greener ports, cement and semiconductor
industries, and consumer products. [Full list is attached.]

“Today’s announcement sets the stage for another step forward in
achieving our goal to return the state’s greenhouse gas emissions
to 1990 levels by 2020,” said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols.  “Every
single action we take – government, businesses, municipalities
and individuals alike – makes a difference toward ultimately
cooling our planet.  California is showing the country and the
world that we can and will help reverse the ominous tide of
global warming.”

These newly proposed early action measures are projected to
reduce 2.8 million metric tons of annual greenhouse gas
emissions.  Combined with the early action measures adopted by
the Board in June – a low carbon fuel standard, restrictions in
do-it-yourself air conditioner repairs and methane capture from
landfills – ARB now has measures in the works to reduce
statewide greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 16 million metric

The proposed early actions combined with other measures proposed
by the larger Climate Action Team could reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by more than 36 million metric tons by 2020, roughly
21 percent of the total needed to meet AB 32’s goal of rolling
back emissions to 1990 levels. This lays a solid foundation for
obtaining the necessary reductions needed to meet AB 32

The Board will vote on additional proposed measures in
Sacramento on Oct. 25 and 26.  In the meantime, ARB staff will
hold a workshop on the new proposed measure Sept. 17 in
Sacramento to discuss specifics and solicit additional input
from stakeholders.

Governor Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act
on Sept. 26, 2006, establishing the world’s most comprehensive
greenhouse gas reduction initiative. The law requires the ARB to
implement a statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction
strategy. In addition, the Governor directed the members of the
Climate Action Team to work alongside the ARB to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from their respective jurisdictions.

For more information about climate change programs, see:

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.

The energy challenge facing California is real. Every
Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy
consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and
cut your energy cost, see our web site at http://www.arb.ca.gov


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