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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 www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/sectorbasedoffsets/sectorbasedoffsets.htm. 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, 2016. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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. 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: www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/sectorbasedoffsets/sectorbasedoffsets.htm. 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. 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, ghg-rep, ghg-ver, offsets.