ARB Takes More Time to Consider Updates to AB 32 Scoping Plan

Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) staff is providing the information below to reflect the recent direction by the Board to provide additional time prior to its consideration of AB 32 Scoping Plan Update (Scoping Plan) to achieve the 2030 target.


This adjustment to the schedule will allow time for additional public process, including environmental justice community meetings, as staff develops the final Scoping Plan.  The Board will consider the final Scoping Plan in June 2017.

The schedule provided below identifies the timetable for the release of public materials and the public workshop. This schedule is subject to change, and ARB will send out subsequent listservs as materials, workshop, and environmental justice community meeting details become available.

Schedule (subject to change)

  • March:  Environmental Justice Community Meetings throughout the state
  • Week of March 13th: ARB Scoping Plan Public Workshop
  • April 10: CEQA Comment Period Deadline (extended from March 6th)
  • End of May: Public Availability of Final Draft Scoping Plan with all Appendices
  • Late June: Board Hearing to consider Final Draft Scoping Plan

Background

This schedule reflects the upcoming public process to update the AB 32 Scoping Plan to reflect Governor’s Executive Order B-30-15 and Senate Bill 32, which establish a mid-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target for California of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.  All State agencies with jurisdiction over sources of GHG emissions were directed to implement measures to achieve reductions of GHG emissions to meet the 2030 and 2050 targets.  CARB was directed to update the AB 32 Scoping Plan.

CARB and other State agencies are identifying the suite of programs, regulations, incentives, and supporting actions needed to continue driving down emissions and ensure we are on a trajectory to meet our mid- and long-term climate goals.

The 2017 Scoping Plan Update Proposed Plan (Proposed Plan) was made available on January 20th, 2017.  The Proposed Plan describes the actions the State would take to achieve the SB 32 climate goals of reducing greenhouse gases of at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.  It outlines an approach that cuts across economic sectors to combine greenhouse gas reductions with reductions of smog-causing pollutants, while also safeguarding public health and economic goals.  It also describes the need to extend key reduction programs now underway, lays out new actions that prioritize direct emission reductions, and establishes the trajectory that will move the State farther along the path to a low-carbon future.

The Proposed Plan includes input from a range of State agencies.

It is also the result of extensive public and stakeholder processes designed to ensure that California’s greenhouse gas and pollution reduction efforts continue to improve public health and drive development of a more sustainable economy.

The Proposed Plan is available here: www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/scopingplan.htm

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