Michael Shaw

CARB releases Proposed Final 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update

By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Dec. 1, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the final proposed 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update on Thursday, November 30th and staff plans to present it to the board members at the December 14th board meeting for approval.

AB 398 (E. Garcia, D-Coachella), passed in July of this year, requires ARB to adopt an updated Scoping Plan that takes into account several significant changes contained in other parts of the bill related to limitations on CARB’s actions on petroleum production facilities and refineries as well as an increased reliance on the cap-and-trade system. The updated Scoping Plan also includes revised environmental analyses as well as consideration of the broad spectrum of regulatory programs and tools that CARB will utilize to achieve the 2030 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels.

Separate from the Scoping Plan Update, CARB already has a regulatory process under way to revise the Cap-and-Trade program to maintain 100 percent industry assistance factors and other important reforms sought by CMTA and other business groups under AB 398. This regulatory process is expected to be completed in 2018 and CMTA continues to push the Administration and CARB to move with all due speed as the industry assistance factors represent hundreds of millions to billions of dollars to California manufacturers.

CMTA will continue to evaluate the 2017 Scoping Plan Update and share information and seek feedback from members on the final proposal along with potential future actions. If you are a CMTA member and interested in participating further in CMTA’s climate change policy development, please contact Loretta Macktal at lmacktal@cmta.net and ask to join the Climate Change Advisory Committee.

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