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newsrel -- Newest greenhouse gas emissions inventory shows California on course to lower carbon growth economy

Posted: 14 May 2014 09:18:10
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1oP4AMF

May 14, 2014



Dave Clegern
(916) 322-2990

Newest greenhouse gas emissions inventory shows California on
course to lower carbon growth economy

California economy continues to rise as carbon intensity,
transportation emissions drop

SACRAMENTO — The Air Resources Board today released the
California Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for 2012. The
annual inventory lists the total amount of greenhouse gases
emitted from all sectors of California’s economy, compiled using
regional, state and national databases. 

The inventory revealed some notable trends. The state’s gross
domestic product grew by 5 percent from 2009 to 2012 while the
carbon intensity, the amount of carbon pollution related to the
state’s overall economy, has fallen steadily over the same time

“The latest inventory clearly demonstrates that under AB 32
California is getting more economic development every year for
each ton of greenhouse gases emitted overall,” said Air Resources
Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “That’s good news for California
and the message is clear: We need to stay the course we’re on to
continue to grow California’s lower carbon economy.”  

After rising during the mid-2000s, the state’s greenhouse gas
inventory fell in 2008 as a result of the recession. It has
leveled off during the past four years while the economy
recovered. The 2012 inventory of 459 million metric tons is about
2 percent higher than 2011 due to increased natural gas
electricity generation in-state to compensate for the closure of
the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and, because of a dry
winter, to make up for the drop in hydro-powered generation. 

The one-year rise in in-state generation also resulted in a 1
percent uptick to 12.1 tons per person. The long-term trend,
however, is clear with a drop of 12 percent — almost 2 tons of
GHG emissions per person — over the past decade. Although
California ranks second in the nation in terms of total GHG
emissions (after Texas) only five states (all in the northeast)
have lower per capita GHG emissions.

California’s cap-and-trade program will ensure that emissions in
future years will continually decline, even alongside stronger
economic growth and potentially drier hydrological conditions,
and in the event of any additional unforeseen circumstances. The
declining cap also sets the state on a course to achieve the goal
of AB 32 — reaching the 1990 level of greenhouse gases by 2020
and then maintaining it.  

Emissions from the transportation sector — still California’s
largest single source of greenhouse gases, contributing 36
percent of total emissions — declined modestly compared to 2011,
although it did so while the economy grew. 

The long-term direction of transportation-related GHG emissions
is another clear trend, with a 12 percent drop over the past
seven years. Part of this decrease is due to larger numbers of
new fuel-efficient vehicles on California roads. The hybrid
vehicle market share increased in 2012 to 7.4 percent from the
2011 level of 5.4 percent, and the Toyota Prius — with a combined
mpg of 50 — was the best-selling car in California in 2012.

The industrial sector emissions stayed relatively flat with some
increases reflecting a recovering economy. Cement sector
emissions grew 13 percent in 2012 as the state’s eight cement
plants ramped up production. 

This year’s inventory included six separate greenhouse gases
(carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), sulfur
hexafluoride (SF6), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and
perfluorocarbons (PFCs)) and used the global warming potentials
for each as outlined in the 4th Assessment Report of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

Verified facility-specific emissions for 2013 filed under the
Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting program will be
released this fall.

AB 32 requires overall reduction of greenhouse gases to the 1990
level by 2020. The primary AB 32 programs are cap-and-trade, the
Low Carbon Fuel Standard, the Renewable Portfolio Standard and
the Advanced Clean Cars program. Reductions also result from
numerous energy efficiency and conservation programs.

To see the 2012 California Greenhouse Gas Inventory, go here: 

To see California’s AB 32 greenhouse gas reduction programs, go
here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/cc.htm

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