Climate Change Initiatives
California's first major climate change initiative came in 2004 with the passage of a regulation that would reduce passenger car
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 30 percent by 2016. This was followed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2005 Executive Order
plus Assembly Bill 32
, the state's sweeping climate change law passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in September, 2006. These two actions require California to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 - a reduction of about 25 percent, and then to reach 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. This challenge has fallen to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and other state agencies gathered together in the Climate Action Team
Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32)
outlines a comprehensive, multi-year program to reduce California's GHG emissions. By January 1, 2009 the Board must adopt the Scoping Plan
, the main plan for reducing California's GHG emissions. Then the Board has until January 1, 2011 to adopt the Plan's various regulations and other initiatives reducing GHG emissions. These various reduction strategies will start going into effect by January 1, 2012. This web page shows ARB's climate change activities while also providing links to state agencies and other groups working on climate issues.