• California Air Resources Board Issues Updated Climate Change Plan
  • May 3, 2017 | Author: Christopher G. Foster
  • Law Firm: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • On January 20, 2017, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued “The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update” (the 2017 Plan). The 2017 Plan establishes a proposed framework of action for California to meet the most aggressive climate target in North America: a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The first Scoping Plan was required by AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The 2017 Plan builds on the earlier implemented programs and takes aim at the 2030 target established by SB 32, adopted in 2016. The key programs that the 2017 Plan strengthens include the Cap-and-Trade Regulation, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, significantly cleaner cars, trucks and freight movement, powering California off of cleaner renewable energy, and strategies to reduce methane emissions from agricultural and other wastes. It also addresses for the first time the GHG emissions from natural and working lands in California including the agricultural and forestry sectors.