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CMTA’S President & CEO Releases Statement on Passage of SB 253 (Wiener)

Sep 12, 2023

Sacramento, Calif. – California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) President and CEO, Lance Hastings releases a statement on the passage of Senate Bill 253 (Wiener), the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act.

“Earlier Tuesday, the California Legislature passed a bill that requires the most extensive reporting of emissions to date with the singular purpose to catalog, name, and shame manufacturing companies in California. The legislation requires disclosure of upstream and downstream activity known as Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions – a near-impossible task with zero environmental benefits. There already are mechanisms in place to encourage the reduction of greenhouse gases and entire market-based programs like Cap & Trade have been established for those purposes – with significant effect.

 

SB 253 (Wiener) is flawed and a wide-ranging mandate for public and private companies. To comply with SB 253, manufacturers will spend millions of dollars to fulfill the legislation’s requirements. The uncertainty and unreliability of this data and the processes required to comply with the legislation will not produce complete, accurate, or comparable disclosures. Instead, manufacturers should continue to improve our processes and identify technologies in partnership with government and academia that will advance emission reductions.

 

California manufacturers are some of the most innovative, sustainable, and efficient producers in the entire world. Instead of working with manufacturers as the driving force behind the world’s fourth largest economy, SB 253 signals that California is willing to slide back to the fifth, then the sixth largest economy in the world. The 1.3 million employees in the California manufacturing sector deserve better treatment from policymakers on such critical issues.”

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The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. The total output from manufacturing in California is $300 billion per year, roughly 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million Californians, paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. For more information, visit the CMTA website.

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