Advocacy at the California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Part 3 CA State Code

California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) requires close collaboration by the Air Resources Board, Public Utilities Commission, Energy Commission, and Independent System Operator to plan and implement the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in California back to 1990 levels by 2020. To help guide this process, CEERT developed a forecast of what success in this effort might look like in our “2020 Vision” analysis. We also sponsored a symposium of some of the world’s leading climate scientists on how to improve on the climate targets in the Kyoto protocols.

Recent Developments:

V. John White and Liz Anthony met with CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey and senior CARB staff to discuss the deficiencies in the California Public Utilities Commission’s recent decision in the Integrated Resource Plan proceeding, including errors in the calculation of existing levels of GHG emissions and the proposed delay in acting to reduce emissions on the trajectory needed to meet the 2030 GHG target. Liz and John both presented to CARB’s joint workshop on the IRP, and Liz has followed up with senior CARB staff about her analysis of the varying operations and emission levels from gas-fired plants in non-attainment areas and disadvantaged communities.

Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs)

Methane Emissions

California has a target of a 40% reduction in methane from 2013 levels by 2030.  At 45%, dairies domi­nate the state’s methane emissions, followed by land­fills at 20% and other livestock emissions at 10%.

CEERT is participating in the Dairy/Livestock Working Group, which comprises three subgroups (SGs) focusing on fostering markets for non-digester projects, fostering markets for digester projects, and iden­ti­fying research needs.  The SGs are continuing to meet and review technical issues.

On May 3 CalRecycle released the second draft of regulatory language as part of its implementation of the SLCP Reduction Strategy to reduce organic waste disposal to 50% below 2014 levels by 2020 and 75% below 2014 levels by 2025.  This was followed by final public workshops in Carlsbad and Sac­ra­mento on May 7 and 8.  Most of the policy changes in the new draft provide greater flexibility in achiev­ing the waste diversion targets and related methane reduction goals.  These provisions remove the sunset date on mixed waste collection; increase flexibility for enforcement; include new procure­ment, record-keeping, and reporting requirements; and add waivers for rural areas. After receiving comments from stakeholders, CalRecycle intends to adopt a final set of regulations by late 2018 or early 2019.