On November 30, 2017, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the Final 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan (full plan) setting forth California’s policy strategy for achieving its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals by 2030.
AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, set California’s first GHG target calling on the state to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, a target California is on track to achieve and exceed. Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-30-15 and SB 32 extended the goals of AB 32 and set a 2030 goal of reducing GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 emission levels by 2030. AB 398, passed in 2017, extends the applicability of the regulation by requiring CARB to include specified price ceilings, price containment points, offset credit compliance limits, and industry assistance factors for allowance allocation. This bill establishes a system of market-based, declining, annual, aggregate emissions limits for sources, or categories of sources, that emit greenhouse gases from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2030, inclusive.
Broadly, the 2017 Scoping Plan Update includes a framework to implement the following programs and goals:
The final scoping plan also strengthens the monitoring requirements as required under AB 617, as passed in 2017, to reduce air pollution at the community level. CARB adopted the 2017 Scoping Plan at their December 14, 2017 Board Meeting.
Contact: Brian S. Biering