CARB Sets Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Recently we reported that the Southern California Association of Governments' board had rejected emission reduction targets proposed by the California Air Resources Board. Good news, right?

Unfortunately, the California Air Resources Board didn't see it the same way.

CARB has now approved the higher GHG reduction targets for 2020 and 2035 for each of the 18 metropolitan planning organizations in the state.  The six-county area that covers SCAG will be required to reduce the per capita greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks 8% between 2005 and 2020 and – tentatively (subject to further determination next February) – by 13% between 2005 and 2035, according to the targets set by CARB.

This issue will have a drastic impact on land use planning in California. Need to know more? The BILD Foundations will focus the majority of its 9th Annual Conference next week (October 6) on SB 375 and this GHG reduction issue, along with water supply issues. Find out more about the conference program and how to register below. We highly recommend this conference!!

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CARB Takes Up Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets

A few weeks ago we told you about a great victory at a Southern California Association of Governments meeting when rationality won out over intense political pressure from environmental extremists.

That was when the SCAG board agreed that emission reduction targets proposed by the California Air Resources Board were unrealistic and potentially harmful to our region's struggling economy. SCAG voted to reject the proposed targets of 8% for 2020 and 13% for 2035 and instead recommended emission reduction targets at 6% for 2020 and 8% for 2035.

Well, CARB will be taking up the issue at a public hearing tomorrow in Sacramento.

Please read CBIA CEO Liz Snow's op-ed in today's Sacramento Bee on why CARB is on a very destructive path with this issue.  Let's hope level heads prevail!

Read the op-ed

Watch the live meeting webcast, starting at 9 am

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SCAG Rejects CARB's Reduction Targets

Sanity prevailed at yesterday's Southern California Association of Governments meeting when the SCAG board rejected emission reduction targets proposed by the California Air Resources Board.

The majority of SCAG's regional council members agreed that CARB’s proposal was unrealistic and potentially harmful to our region's struggling economy. SCAG voted to reject the proposed targets of 8% for 2020 and 13% for 2035 and instead recommended emission reduction targets at 6% for 2020 and 8% for 2035.

It's important to note that the environmental community showed up at the SCAG meeting in full force, urging the board to adopt the unrealistic targets and even pleading that more could be done.

The BIA of Southern California, along with the California Building Industry Association and a broad coalition of businesses, local government and transportation organizations, brought the debate back to reality. The groups cited information straight from the MPO staff reports, which said proposed targets of this magnitude were unfeasible on a number of levels.

We applaud SCAG's leadership to do what is best for the region despite extreme political pressure!

CARB will hold its monthly board meeting Sept. 23 to adopt the final regional targets.

Read SCAG's Press Release

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