The passage of AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, requires in law a sharp reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 — a reduction of approximately 15 percent below emissions expected under a “business as usual” scenario.
Pursuant to AB 32, California Air Resources Board (CARB) must adopt regulations to achieve the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective GHG emission reductions. The full implementation of AB 32 will help mitigate risks associated with climate change, while improving energy efficiency, expanding the use of renewable energy resources, cleaner transportation, and reducing waste.
AB 32 authorizes the collection of a fee from sources of GHGs. In 2010, ARB adopted a regulation to collect a fee to administer the program, called the AB 32 Cost of Implementation Fee Regulation. This fee is collected annually from large sources of GHGs, including oil refineries, electricity power plants (including imported electricity), cement plants and other industrial sources. There are approximately 250 fee payers that emit 330 million metric tons of GHG emissions per year. Funds collected are used to cover annual expenses for ARB and other State agencies to implement AB 32.
In 2016, a new measure, SB 32, was signed into law requiring the state to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, a much more ambitious target than the previous goal of hitting 1990 levels by 2020. As a result, businesses will likely face more restrictive rules, and taxpayer and ratepayer money will be needed to subsidize cleaner technologies.
The 2017 Scoping Plan Update Proposed Plan was made available on January 20th, 2017. The Proposed Plan describes the actions the State would take to achieve the SB 32 climate goals of reducing greenhouse gases. It outlines an approach that cuts across economic sectors to combine greenhouse gas reductions with reductions of smog-causing pollutants, while also safeguarding public health and economic goals. It also describes the need to extend key reduction programs now underway, lays out new actions that prioritize direct emission reductions, and establishes the trajectory that will move the State farther along the path to a low-carbon future.
The Proposed Plan includes input from a range of State agencies. It is also the result of extensive public and stakeholder processes designed to ensure that California’s greenhouse gas and pollution reduction efforts continue to improve public health and drive development of a more sustainable economy.
The Proposed Plan is available here: www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/scopingplan.htm
Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) staff provided the information below to reflect the recent direction by the Board to provide additional time prior to its consideration of AB 32 Scoping Plan Update to achieve the 2030 target. This adjustment to the schedule will allow time for additional public process, including environmental justice community meetings, as staff develops the final Scoping Plan.
Schedule (subject to change)
This schedule reflects the upcoming public process to update the AB 32 Scoping Plan to reflect Governor’s Executive Order B-30-15 and Senate Bill 32, and identifies the timetable for the release of public materials and the public workshop.
•March: Environmental Justice Community Meetings throughout the state
•Week of March 13th: ARB Scoping Plan Public Workshop
•April 10: CEQA Comment Period Deadline (extended from March 6th)
•End of May: Public Availability of Final Draft Scoping Plan with all Appendices
•Late June: Board Hearing to consider Final Draft Scoping Plan