CA Orders Greenhouse Gas Cuts

Monday, May 4, 2015 @ 11:05 AM gHale


In a move to fight off climate change, greenhouse gas emissions must end up cut by 40 percent by 2030 in California, the governor said after issuing an executive order.

The targeted reduction level ties back to 1990 levels and is “the most aggressive benchmark enacted by any government in North America to reduce dangerous carbon emissions,” said California Governor Jerry Brown.

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California operates the nation’s largest carbon cap and trade system. The state sets an overall limit on carbon emissions and allows businesses to hand in tradeable permits to meet their obligations.

Achieving the new target will require reductions from sectors including industry, agriculture, energy and state and local governments, Brown said.

“I’ve set a very high bar, but it’s a bar we must meet,” Brown told a carbon market conference in downtown Los Angeles.

Brown said the new target will position California as a leader in combating climate change in the United States and internationally.

Brown said he has spoken to leaders in Oregon, Washington and Northeastern states about collaborating with California to cut their output of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Those states could potentially link to California’s carbon market in future years.

He said he has had similar discussions with leaders in the Canadian provinces of Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario, as well as in Germany, China and Mexico.

Quebec already has links to the California market. Leaders in Ontario this month signaled their intention to join the program.

“This will be a local policy but it will be globally focused,” Brown said.

The plan for how California will achieve the 2030 target will end up hammered out over the next year by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), which oversees the cap-and-trade program.



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