CARB Releases 2030 Scoping Plan Discussion Draft
December 15, 2016
How should California meet aggressive air quality goals, when the deadline is still 13 years away? The California Air Resources Board recently released a discussion draft of the 2030 Target Scoping Plan update. The draft presents the latest approach to achieve SB 32 climate goals of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
CSAC is working on comments and will post the submission when completed. CSAC recognizes the importance of assessing our current climate strategies. Local governments are demonstrating leadership in this arena and creating innovative programs to tackle emissions reductions beyond those required, and are developing creative programs to suit the unique characteristics of their communities. Updates to the scoping plan must recognize and respect local governments as a partner in addressing climate change, while allowing for local variations in methods.
However, funding is also an issue for local agencies. While entities are leading the way in many cases, the lack of resources makes the work challenging and also hard to replicate. CSAC will actively engage in and participate in the Scoping Plan update process and legislative process, including advocating for additional cap and trade resources to help reduce GHG emissions at the local level.