Public Workshop Series to Commence Development of the 2022 Scoping Plan Update to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2045
We are heavily involved in both the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) rule makings and educational forums. It’s no surprise that we will have several members attending CARB’s recently announced virtual workshop sessions on June 8, 9, and 10. The three-day series of workshops will start the conversation to initiate the development of the update to the AB 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan, which is due in 2022 and will reflect California’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.
From CARB: “The series will begin with an overview workshop to provide high-level perspectives on achieving carbon neutrality from agencies and academia, which are informed by recent legislative reports and work underway to fulfill Executive Order directives. This overview workshop will also outline the Scoping Plan update process, describe the framework for the Scoping Plan, and specify how to stay engaged. …
“The 2022 Scoping Plan Update will assess progress towards achieving the Senate Bill 32 2030 target and lay out a path to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. The State achieved its 2020 target four years earlier than mandated and the 2017 Scoping Plan Update laid out a cost-effective and technologically feasible path to achieve a 40 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2030. The 2022 Scoping Plan Update will chart a path for California to become carbon neutral by 2045. Achieving carbon neutrality will bring a number of changes to California, including moving the State away from fossil fuel combustion in a manner that supports job retention and creation as California makes a just transition towards a clean energy economy. Moreover, data shows disadvantaged communities are disproportionately impacted by fossil fuel combustion related air pollution. A phasing out of reliance on fossil fuels will deliver greater benefits in these communities compared to non-environmental justice communities in the state. To further assist CARB in its efforts to advance environmental justice, AB 32 mandates that CARB convene an Environmental Justice Advisory Committee to advise the Board in developing the Scoping Plan, which the Board approved May 20, 2021. CARB will consult with the Committee throughout the development of the 2022 Scoping Plan Update to ensure that environmental justice principles and actions are incorporated into the Scoping Plan.”
You can find more information, including how to register for these free workshops, here.