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 Gill met with CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey and Deputy Executive Officer Edie Chang to discuss problematic modeling assumptions that the CPUC is using in the IRP proceeding, which result in underestimating current levels of GHG emissions, failure to achieve GHG targets in 2030, and an unexpected increase in air pollution emissions from gas-fired power plants.

We strongly urged CARB to engage with the CPUC, CEC, and Governor’s office staff to get all the agencies on the same page on modeling and planning assumptions. We also discussed the need to better track and monitor actual emissions from unspecified power imports to ensure that those resources’ GHG emissions are accurately accounted for.

 

Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs)

Methane Emissions
California has a target of a 40% reduction in methane from 2013 levels by 2030. Dairies dominate the state’s methane emissions (45%), followed by landfills (20%) and other livestock emissions (10%).

CEERT has participated in the Dairy and Livestock Working Group (DLWG), which completed its work in December, developing a suite of recommendations on the considerable groundwork the convening agencies (CARB, CEC, CPUC, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture) must undertake to implement a holistic program that effectively and economically mitigates dairy methane emissions while avoiding any unintended impacts.

CalRecycle’s SLCP Reduction Strategy aims to reduce organic waste disposal to 50% below 2014 levels by 2020 and 75% below 2014 levels by 2025. On January 18, CalRecycle launched a rulemaking on the Reduction Strategy’s implementation and on March 12 accepted comments and took testimony on the initial regulatory proposal. It will be issuing a revised regulatory package at a June 18 workshop, and will take further testimony and comments before making additional revisions or adopting a final package.