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newsrel -- California Air Resources Board approves first AB 32 Scoping Plan Update

Posted: 22 May 2014 13:51:42
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1qYL8BO

May 22, 2014



Dave Clegern
(916) 322-2990

California Air Resources Board approves first AB 32 Scoping Plan

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 Air Resources Board today approved the first
update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan. The update to the Scoping Plan
will guide the continued development and implementation of
California’s efforts to fight climate change. 

The update builds on the success of programs now in place and
first outlined in the original 2008 Scoping Plan. Those programs
are critical parts of a comprehensive plan that is successfully
lowering the state’s carbon intensity by reducing greenhouse gas
emissions, protecting the environment, and driving innovation,
job generation and clean energy. 

“This plan builds on the success of California’s current approach
to fighting climate change, and reflects the latest science to
expand those efforts beyond 2020," said Air Resources Board
Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “It establishes the framework for
continued economic growth and promotes investments in communities
and every economic sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and
protect public health.” 

The update continues California’s leadership in creating
effective environmental and public health policies while building
a world-class economy. The update 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 update also includes a comprehensive effort to fast-track
reductions of ‘short-lived climate pollutants’ such as black
carbon and methane. Their reduction will deliver significant
public health and climate benefits in the very near-term. 

The update provides guidance for further emission reductions from
the transportation sector, including particular attention to
freight and goods movement. It also looks more closely for
related health and economic co-benefits between California’s
efforts to control smog and soot, and greenhouse gas emissions.

The updated Scoping plan also outlines how declines in auto
emissions will continue in the coming years 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 will continue to reduce 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.

AB 32 requires California to reduce overall greenhouse gas
emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and maintain and continue
reductions beyond that date. 


*All elements of the first update to the Scoping Plan, including
the Environmental Analysis and all appendices can be found here:

*The document itself: “First Update to the Climate Change Scoping
Plan: Building on the Framework” is at: http://bit.ly/1oUVlKR

*A version of the Update for mobile platforms (tablets,
smartphones) is at: http://bit.ly/1tq5JNm

*A selection of graphs and graphics from the Update is at:

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