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newsrel -- Updated California climate action plan builds on successful programs, economic growth

Posted: 16 May 2014 10:20:16
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/QQx9NQ



May 16, 2014



Dave Clegern
(916) 322-2990

Updated California climate action plan builds on successful
programs, economic growth

Plan affirms California is on track to meet AB 32; calls on all
sectors to reduce greenhouse gases, continue driving down
emissions through 2020 and beyond

Sacramento—The first update to the Scoping Plan, the state’s
comprehensive climate action plan, affirms that California is on
track to meet the goals of AB 32, the pioneering climate change
legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect
the environment and drive innovation and clean energy. 

The Update also builds on the success of programs now in place
and first outlined in the original 2008 Scoping Plan.  Those
programs are part of a comprehensive plan that is successfully
lowering the state’s ‘carbon intensity’.  While California’s
economic growth continues to outpace most other states and the
national average, the amount of carbon pollution related to the
economy overall has dropped.  

"California has shown that we can grow our economy more
efficiently with less carbon emitted into the atmosphere. We now
get twice as much production from a ton of greenhouse gases as
the rest of the country, and we know we can do more," said
California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “The
Update builds on that success, and sets in place reasonable
measures for all sectors to ensure that we continue to grow our
economy while further reducing carbon pollution.” 

The Update continues California’s legacy of building a
world-class economy with effective environmental and public
health policies. Each sector will have a role to play. Multiple
state agencies will continue to develop a comprehensive approach
to reduce emissions from the energy and transportation sector.
The Update also highlights roles for the water, agriculture,
forestry and natural resources sectors to both reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and strengthen those sectors against the impacts of
climate change.

The bolder approach to sectorial strategies includes establishing
long-range integrated planning and goals for all sectors,
including waste management and green buildings. “This focus on
sector-specific goals and integrated planning provides a detailed
context for the ongoing discussion of effective investment of
cap-and-trade proceeds," said Chairman Nichols. 

The Update also includes a comprehensive effort to fast-track the
reduction of so-called ‘short-lived climate pollutants’. These
include powerful greenhouse gases such as black carbon and
methane.  Their reduction will deliver significant public health
and climate benefits in the very near-term. 

An intense focus on further emission reductions from the
transportation sector includes particular attention to freight
and goods movement. The Update also looks more closely for
related health and economic co-benefits between California’s
efforts to control smog and greenhouse gas emissions.

As for California consumers, the Update outlines how emissions
from cars will continue to decline with larger numbers of
cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars and higher volumes of clean
fuels.  In addition to reducing emissions, California’s suite of
climate policies is reducing fuel costs for California drivers. 
By 2020, California drivers will spend about 30 percent less on
fuel than they did in 2012, on average, and will emit 30 percent
fewer greenhouse gas emissions.  Those cost and emissions savings
will grow further after 2020.

The Update’s focus on reducing carbon over both the short and
long term provides certainty to industry and sends the right
signal to investors, ensuring that California will continue to
receive the lion’s share of private-sector investment in clean
technology, driving continued job generation. 

To view the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update, go here:

For mobile devices, go here:

For access to the graphs and graphics used in the Scoping Plan
Update, go here: http://bit.ly/1gtiZhZ 

For more information about AB 32, go here: http://bit.ly/16PkyBT

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