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omb -- Air Resources Board issues discussion draft of updated AB 32 Scoping Plan

Posted: 02 Oct 2013 10:19:46
Draft plan assesses progress to date, looks beyond 2020. 

The Air Resources Board yesterday posted on its website
the public discussion draft of the required update to the AB 32
Scoping Plan. The Scoping Plan describes the comprehensive range
of efforts California must take to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and meet the state’s long-term
goals to combat climate change.

AB 32 requires the Scoping Plan to be updated every five years.
The original Plan, first released in 2008, was developed on the
principle that a balanced mix of strategies is the best way to
cut emissions and grow California’s economy in a clean and
sustainable direction. This draft update continues with that
approach and focuses on three questions:
•    How have we done over the past five years?
•    What is needed to continue the prescribed course of action
to 2020?
•    What steps must California now take to meet the state’s
climate goals beyond 2020?

California’s strategy to meet the goals of AB 32 is based on the
continued implementation of adopted actions including Advanced
Clean Cars, the 33% Renewables Portfolio Standard, statewide
energy-efficiency initiatives, Cap-and-Trade, the Low 
Carbon Fuel Standard and other programs. They are designed to 
achieve significant reductions of greenhouse gases in every 
sector of California’s economy through improved energy 
efficiency, and by providing consumers with cleaner fuel

The discussion draft includes an analysis of progress to date,
finding that California is on track to meet the AB 32 2020 goal
of greenhouse gas reductions.  An overview of the current 
science of climate change in the draft includes an expanded 
discussion of short-lived climate pollutants such as methane 
and black carbon.
It also includes actions California must take to continue
greenhouse gas reductions in six key focus areas: energy;
transportation, land use, fuels and infrastructure; water;
agriculture; natural and working lands; and, waste.

The draft update is the result of a series of discussions and
input over the past year by a broad range of state agencies and
departments and the state Climate Action Team. In addition, four
public workshops were held over the summer in Los Angeles,
Fresno, Sacramento and San Francisco in an effort to consider
comments prior to developing the draft.

The release of the discussion draft update marks the beginning 
of a public comment period to help inform the Proposed Update 
to the Scoping Plan.

Future steps in the development of the Proposed Update include a
public workshop on October 15 in Sacramento (which will also be
webcast), and a meeting of the Board at the end of October to
hear from all stakeholders and provide further direction to 
staff on revisions to the discussion draft presentation to 
the ARB at its Board meeting at the end of October.  Following 
the October Board meeting, the draft will be revised and 
then presented to the Board at its December meeting. The 
Board is anticipated to consider approval of the update 
in Spring of 2014.

To view the discussion draft Scoping Plan Update, go here: 

To send comments on the discussion draft Scoping Plan Update, go

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