Michael Shaw

CARB releases 2017 Scoping Plan update

By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Nov. 3, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Late last week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the latest draft of the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan that outlines how California will achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals in 2030.

Passed in 2016, SB 32 requires CARB to reduce GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 emission levels by 2030. The latest draft of the Scoping Plan makes significant changes from earlier drafts of the plan in accordance with the recently adopted AB 398 that extended the cap-and-trade program as well as limited CARB and local air district authority to implement more costly and duplicative regulations. In accordance with AB 398, CARB will update the Scoping Plan by January 1, 2018.

Perhaps the most significant changes in the Draft Scoping Plan are the removal of a measure calling for a targeted 20 percent reduction in GHG emissions from oil and gas facilities and the subsequent increase in emissions reductions assigned to the cap-and-trade program. AB 398 specifically prohibited CARB from adopting such a measure and instead relying greater on the cap-and-trade program to cover those emissions reductions.

The revised draft also incorporates some other changes based on recent legislation and the greater inclusion of environmental justice concerns and priorities. Additionally, updated data and economic analyses are included in the draft

CARB is scheduled to adopt the 2017 Scoping plan at their December 14, 2017 Board Meeting. 

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