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arbcombo -- Notice for October 28, 2015 Cap-and-Trade Workshop on Sector-Based Offsets Posted: 15 Oct 2015 17:00:04
Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff invites you to participate in a public workshop on October 28, 2015 to discuss the potential for including international, sector-based offset credits in the Cap-and-Trade Program. Wednesday, October 28, 2015 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Byron Sher Auditorium CalEPA Headquarters Building 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 Webcast: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Broadcast/ Purpose of Workshop On October 2, 2015, ARB staff held an initial workshop to discuss the scope and regulatory schedule for potential amendments to the Cap-and-Trade Regulation for the third compliance period and the post-2020 program. Sector-based offset crediting was one of the topics described in the scope of these potential amendments. The October 28, 2015 workshop will commence the public process to evaluate potential next steps for considering the potential to include international, sector-based offset credits issued by subnational programs designed to reduce emissions from tropical deforestation and forest degradation within the Cap-and-Trade Regulation. In preparation of the October 28, 2015 workshop, ARB staff will release a white paper describing the importance of the tropical forestry sector for addressing climate change, the history of California’s engagement on this topic, including with the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF), the relevance to California, and possible steps needed to develop potential regulatory amendments related to tropical forest sector-based crediting programs. The white paper will also include an initial analysis of a set of recommendations provided to ARB by the REDD Offset Working Group in 2013. This white paper, along with the REDD Offset Working Group recommendations and other materials will be made available at noon on Monday, October 19, 2015 at www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/sectorbasedoffsets/sectorbasedoffsets.htm. The tentative schedule for the October 28 workshop is as follows: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm General Overview and Discussion of White Paper 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Discussion with GCF Jurisdictions and Tropical Forest Community Representatives 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Technical Discussion of Monitoring, Reporting & Verification of Tropical Forest Programs 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Discussion on Next Steps and Administrative Process Following the workshop, stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide written comments during an informal comment period which will conclude at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, November 16, 2015. Comments may be submitted at http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php. Presentation slides for this workshop will be posted at 8:00 am on October 28, 2015, at http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/meetings/meetings.htm. All interested stakeholders are invited to attend. A live webcast of the workshop will be available at http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Broadcast/. Remote participants may e-mail questions during the workshop to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional technical meetings and workshops on specific topics raised in the white paper and in the October 28, 2015 workshop will likely follow in the coming months. A notice will be issued to announce each of these meetings once details and topics become final. Background Cap-and-Trade Regulation ARB first formally adopted the Regulation in October 2011. The Board has subsequently approved limited amendments to the Regulation in June 2012, October 2013, April 2014, September 2014, and most recently June 2015. The upcoming 2016 amendments will seek to improve Program efficiency and chart post-2020 implementation of the Program. California first recognized the importance of addressing emissions from the deforestation and degradation of tropical forests in the 2008 AB 32 Scoping Plan. California further recognized this importance through the inclusion of general placeholder provisions within the Cap-and-Trade Regulation adopted in 2011 and later in the first update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan in 2014. ARB staff has continued to evaluate these types of programs, including through California’s membership in the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force, a coalition of 29 subnational jurisdictions seeking to advance jurisdictional programs designed to promote low emissions development and reduced emissions from deforestation and land use, and to link these activities with greenhouse gas compliance programs and other pay-for-performance opportunities. More information about ARB’s Cap-and-Trade Program is available at http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/capandtrade.htm. Please note that Spanish translation services will be provided for this October 28 workshop. Audio equipment carrying live Spanish translation of the workshop will be available on-site for check out by any member of the public. Tenga en cuenta que se prestarán los servicios de traducción al español de este taller de 28 de octubre. Equipo de audio llevar traducción simultánea español del taller estará disponible en el sitio para la salida de cualquier miembro del público. California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips. You are receiving this single arbcombo email because you are a subscriber to or have made a public comment to one or more of the following lists: capandtrade, cc.