On 8 September California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills into law to increase the ambition of the state’s climate change legislation. A law passed in 2006 seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The new legislation increases those targets, aiming to cut emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
California, the most populous state in the US, is currently on track to meet the original 2020 climate goal. The target is being delivered by restricting the carbon content of gasoline and diesel, imposing a tax on pollution, and encouraging the sale of zero-emission vehicles.
To meet the ambitious goals laid out in the new legislation, the state plans to ramp up renewable electricity use, boost energy efficiency in existing buildings, and put 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road, explained the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Proposed HFC reduction to help reach new targets
Additionally, CARB has proposed to cut HFC emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 2013 levels. This target will help the state achieve its new greenhouse gas emission goal.
The Proposed Strategy, published in April 2016, includes the following key measures to address the use of HFCs:
The strategy is expected to be adopted by the end of the year.