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Air Resources Board to hold symposium on Governor Brown’s call to reduce petroleum use up to 50 percent by 2030
Forum to discuss transportation “pillar” of state’s effort to curb climate change
SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will hold a joint symposium tomorrow, July 8, 2015, to hear from experts on ways to transform California’s transportation system to achieve Governor Brown’s goal of reducing California’s use of petroleum by up to 50 percent by 2030. The forum is called “California’s 2030 climate commitments: Cutting Petroleum Use in Half by 2030”.
This symposium is one of a series of public forums soliciting input on six key climate change strategy pillars that Governor Brown identified in his January 2015 inaugural address. It features several panels of experts to help guide the discussion.
Six Climate Change Strategy Pillars
The pillars recognize that major areas of the California economy will need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the recently announced mid-term target, which is an overall GHG reduction of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 (Executive Order B-30-15) and 80 percent by 2050.
The six pillars are:
- Reducing today’s petroleum use by cars and trucks by up to 50 percent;
- Increasing from one-third to 50 percent our electricity derived from renewable sources;
- Doubling the efficiency savings achieved at existing buildings and making heating fuels cleaner;
- Reducing the release of methane, black carbon, and other short lived climate pollutants;
- Managing farm and rangelands, forests and wetlands so they can store carbon.
- Adaptation and climate resiliency
Agencies participating in these forums on California’s greenhouse gas reduction efforts include the California Energy Commission, California State Transportation Agency, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Independent System Operator and CalTrans.
The input gathered at these forums will be used to inform the next update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan, which will chart the path toward reaching those 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and the ultimate 2050 goal of 80 percent reductions below 1990 levels by 2050.
Much research and analysis supports the feasibility and necessity of these targets to achieve California’s climate goals. State agencies are now collaborating to gather ideas through a month-long public process to determine how best to achieve those goals. The agencies will then continue to collaborate as they work out the details.
Tomorrow’s symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the CalEPA Building, 1001 I Street in Sacramento.
The link to the formal Notice for tomorrow’s symposium can be found here.
Other symposia in this series can be found here:
Adaptation and resiliency
ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.