California Gov. signs legislation strengthening state’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions

California Gov. signs legislation strengthening state’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions

California Gov. Edmond Brown has signed legislation on September 8, strengthening the state’s promise to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As per the bills, SB 32 and AB 197, the state has to slash emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and spend money in the sectors hardest affected by climate change.

Brown said that climate change exists, and being aware about the same California has decided to take action. He said that bills like SB 32 and AB 197 are extensive moves that have been keeping California on its path of huge innovation and environmental flexibility.

SB 32-established law has GHG decrease goals decided by the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32, aimed to slash GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The governor’s offices said that the latest 2030 requirement present in SB 32 is going to make it possible to achieve the final goal of slashing emission 80% under 1990 levels by 2050.

AB 197 has made a legislative committee to work on policies relating to climate change to assist in ensuring that the state’s actions to decrease GHG emissions have been taken with accountability and transparency.

The news laws have expanded two programs, including the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and cap and trade program.

Johannes Escudero, executive director of the RNG Coalition, said, “LCFS will stay and renewable natural gas will continue as a major success story. We commend Governor Brown, Senator Pavley, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, and California Legislature for leadership to assure clean air, green jobs, and low carbon fuel options throughout California for upcoming decades”.

The RNG Coalition said that reports previously in the summer have indicated that the LCFS had chances of reform or elimination. The coalition mentioned that it addressed the concerns by associating with other clean fuel groups and environmental advocates to protect the LCFS and extend the climate programs of California.


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