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arbcombo -- The Air Resources Board has released the proposed update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan

Posted: 11 Feb 2014 08:16:17
The Air Resources Board has 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. 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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