This week, the Air Resources Board (ARB) is hosting a public workshop to discuss the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan: The Strategy for Achieving California’s 2030 Greenhouse Gas Target (2017 Scoping Plan). This workshop is a part of a larger public process to update the Scoping Plan to implement Senate Bill 32 (SB 32, Pavley), which mandates that California must reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
Scoping Plan Workshop Details:
DATE: Thursday, October 12, 2017
TIME: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
PLACE: California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Byron Sher Auditorium, 1001 I Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, California 95814
Workshop materials will be available here for the Scoping Plan. If you can’t attend in person, click here for a live webcast of the workshop. ARB staff will share updated modeling results from AB 398 and the schedule for finalization of the 2017 Scoping Plan.
We want to make sure the 2030 Scoping Plan includes a clear strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Our key recommendations to strengthen the draft 2030 Scoping Plans includes:
1. Pursue ambitious SB 375 targets that align with SB 32, maximize co-benefits, and benefit disadvantaged communities
2. Elevate reductions from VMT in the 2030 Scoping Plan by including: a 7.5 percent reduction target for VMT, and statewide and regional strategies to reduce vehicle dependence.
3. Encourage stronger coordination with the Legislature and state agencies including Caltrans, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), and the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to ensure all transportation and planning efforts achieve our 2030 climate goal.
4. Evaluate the health impacts of Scoping Plan measures and scenarios in both the plan document and Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
5. Support implementation of SB 743 statewide for all project types.
6. Advance recommendations put forth by the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC) as related to reducing VMT.
7. Include a clear and quantifiable climate goal for natural and working lands.
8. Set local percentage reduction goals commensurate with state targets; remove per capita goals.
We look forward to working together on building a sustainable and healthy environment for the state of California. The workshop is open to the public and full participation by all parties is encouraged!