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arbcombo -- January 15, 2016 ARB Public Workshop on the Scoping Plan Economic Analysis and Potential Updates to GHG Emissions Inventory Methods

Posted: 31 Dec 2015 13:06:26
Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff invites you to
participate in a public workshop on January 15, 2016, to discuss
the economic analysis of the 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update
(Update) including the use of E3’s California PATHWAYS model and
the REMI PI+ model for evaluation of potential policies for the
Update.  The role of the Scoping Plan Economic Reviewers will
also be discussed.  Prior to the Scoping Plan Update related
discussions, the day will begin with a presentation of potential
updates to the state’s greenhouse (GHG) emission inventory

DATE:	Friday, January 15, 2016 
TIME: 	9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
PLACE:	CalEPA Headquarters Building Byron Sher Auditorium  1001
Street Sacramento, California 95814

This workshop is part of the public process to update the Scoping
Plan to reflect the Governor’s Executive Order B-30-15, which
establishes a mid-term GHG reduction target for California of 40
percent below 1990 levels by 2030.  All state agencies with
jurisdiction over sources of GHG emissions were directed to
implement measures to achieve reductions of GHG emissions to meet
the 2030 and 2050 targets.  ARB was directed to update the AB 32
Scoping Plan to reflect the 2030 target, and therefore, is moving
forward with the update process.

Presentations will include a high-level overview of the modeling
tools that will be used to evaluate the economic impact of
policies that may be proposed to help achieve the 2030 target.
Presentations will also include an outline of the California
PATHWAYS model, including model inputs and outputs, and a
preliminary list of policies to be considered in the Reference

The workshop will also include an introduction to the economic
reviewers for the 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update.  The
discussion will include information on the role, tasks, and
timeline for the economic reviewers.  The economic reviewers may
provide initial thoughts on the tools and methods proposed for
the economic modeling and evaluation for the 2030 Target Scoping
Plan Update.

Staff will also discuss potential updates to the State’s GHG
inventory methodology.  These potential updates may include
changes to the treatment of biofuels and other sources to better
align the inventory methods with changes to national and
international accounting methods.

A copy of the presentation and other workshop materials will be
available on Scoping Plan webpage at: 

Materials will be posted by January 15, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.

All interested stakeholders are invited to attend.  A live
webcast of the workshop will be available at:

Remote participants will be able to submit e-mail questions
during the workshop at an address provided in the presentation.


Scoping Plan

In 2006, the Legislature passed the California Global Warming
Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32 [AB 32]; Stats. 2006,
chapter 488).  AB 32 created a comprehensive, multi-year program
to reduce GHG emissions in California.  AB 32 required ARB to
develop and approve a Scoping Plan that describes the approach
the State will take to reduce GHGs to achieve the goal of
reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The Scoping Plan was first approved by the Board in 2008 and, per
AB 32, must be updated every five years to evaluate the mix of AB
32 policies to ensure that California is on track to achieve the
2020 GHG reduction goal. The 2013 First Update to the Climate
Change Scoping Plan defined ARB’s climate change priorities for
the next five years and laid the groundwork to start the
transition to the post-2020 goals set forth in Executive Orders
S-3-05 and B-16-2012. The 2013 Update also recommended the need
for a 2030 mid-term target to establish a continuum of action to
reduce emissions, not just for stated limits in 2020 or 2050, but
also in between.

The 40 percent below 1990 levels mid-term target set by Executive
Order B-30-15 is critical to help frame the additional suite of
policy measures, regulations, planning efforts, and investments
in clean technologies and infrastructure needed to continue
driving down emissions.

More information about the Scoping Plan is available at:
Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Program

The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) requires that
the California Air Resources Board (ARB) determine the statewide
1990 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission level and approve a statewide
greenhouse gas emissions limit, equal to the 1990 level, to be
achieved by 2020. Assembly Bill 1803, which became law in 2006,
made ARB responsible to prepare, adopt, and update California’s
greenhouse gas inventory.

More information about the California Greenhouse Gas Emission
Inventory Program is available at:

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