California’s 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan

December 4, 2017 by Abhilasha Fullonton

(California Air Resources Board)


In January 2017, CARB released the Proposed Scoping Plan and held subsequent Board meeting discussions in January and February that included opportunities for stakeholder feedback and public comment. In February 2017, a public workshop was held to present an overview of the Proposed Scoping Plan and provide information on refinements to analyses under consideration as part of the development of the final Scoping Plan. In March 2017, updates to emissions modeling and economic analyses were presented at a public workshop. In October 2017, a public workshop was held to present additional updated modeling results to reflect the direction provided in AB 398, clarifying the role of the Cap-and-Trade Program through 2030.

What is the 2017 Scoping Plan?

The 2017 Scoping Plan describes the actions the State will take to achieve the SB 32 climate goal of reducing GHGs at least 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. Per AB 398, CARB was directed to update the AB 32 Scoping Plan by January 1, 2018. The Plan includes input from a range of State agencies and is the result of a two-year development process including extensive public and stakeholder outreach designed to ensure that California’s climate and air quality efforts continue to improve public health and drive development of a more sustainable economy. It outlines an approach that cuts across economic sectors to combine GHG reductions with reductions of smog-causing pollutants, while also safeguarding public health and economic goals. The Plan reflects the direction from the Legislature on the Cap-and-Trade Program, as described in AB 398, the need to extend key existing emissions reductions programs, and acknowledges the parallel actions required under AB 617 to strengthen monitoring and reduce air pollution at the community level.

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