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AB 32 Implementation Schedule

Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 - AB 32 is an organic process that affects emissions reduction through many industries. It covers greenhouse gas reduction strategies from 2008 through 2020.

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Implementation of "AB 32"—Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

The budget proposes $35.8 million across several state agencies to begin implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (commonly known as “AB 32”), which focuses on reducing California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In this analysis, we describe the Governor’s budget proposal and discuss cases where the proposal appears in conflict with legislative direction as expressed in AB 32. We then make recommendations to assist the Legislature in overseeing development and implementation of the state’s regulation of GHG emissions in order to better align the budget proposal with AB 32 and to address long-term funding issues. California a Significant Emitter of Gases Contributing to Climate Change

California’s GHG Emissions and Climate Change. Greenhouse gases are those that trap solar heat within the earth’s atmosphere, thereby warming the earth’s temperature. While both natural phenomenon (mainly water evaporation) and human activity (principally burning fossil fuels) produce GHGs, increasing concern has been placed on concentrations of GHGs resulting from human activities and their relation to increases in average global temperatures.

California is a significant emitter of GHGs. As a populous state with a robust economy, California is the second largest emitter of GHGs in the United States and one of the largest emitters of GHGs in the world, when compared to other countries’ emissions.

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Timeline of Implementing Steps in AB 32

By 1/01/08 ARB

Determine statewide GHG emissions level in 1990.
Approve 1990-equivalent statewide GHG emissions limit, to be achieved in 2020.
Adopt regulations to require reporting and verification of statewide GHG emissions and to monitor and enforce compliance.

By 1/01/09

ARB, in consultation with CPUCa, CECb, and other relevant state agencies will prepare and approve "scoping plan" to achieve maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective GHG emissions reductions by 2020.

By 1/01/10

ARB will adopt regulations, enforceable by January 1, 2010, to implement "early action measures".

Additional Mandates

  • Encourage early action
  • Minimize costs and Maximize benefits.

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