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arbcombo -- Notice for March 22, 2016 Cap-and-Trade Workshop on Sector-Based Offsets

Posted: 11 Mar 2016 16:59:02
Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff invites you to
participate in a public workshop on March 22, 2016 to discuss the
potential for including international, sector-based offset
credits in the Cap-and-Trade Program.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Byron Sher Auditorium 

CalEPA Headquarters Building

1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814

Webcast: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Broadcast/

Purpose of Workshop

The March 22, 2016 workshop will continue the public process to
evaluate 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.  This technical workshop
will focus on potential approaches and criteria for assessing
crediting pathways and program scope, jurisdiction
business-as-usual reference levels, methods for developing
crediting baselines, and evaluating reporting requirements.  In
preparation of the March 22, 2016 workshop, ARB staff will
release a short white paper describing these technical elements
and potential approaches.  This white paper will be made
available at noon on Friday, March 18, 2016 at
 An earlier staff white paper released on October 19, 2015 in
preparation of an October 28, 2015 workshop includes additional
descriptions of each of these topics.  

The tentative schedule for the March 22 workshop is as follows:
10:00 am – 11:00 pm Crediting Pathway and Program Scope

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Reference Levels

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Crediting Baselines and Reporting Requirements

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 Friday, April 8,
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 March 22,
2016, 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

Additional technical workshops are tentatively scheduled for
April 5, 2016 (covering reversals, registries, and verification)
and April 28, 2016 (covering linkage process and social and
environmental safeguards).  A listserv notice will be issued to
announce each of these meetings once details and topics become


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.  ARB staff is developing staff
proposals for 2016 amendments that 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 staff’s ongoing evaluation of tropical forestry programs can
be found here:

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 March 22 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 22 de marzo.  Equipo de audio llevar
traducción simultánea español del taller estará disponible en el
sitio para la salida de cualquier miembro del público.

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