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Climate Change

In response to AB 32, California is implementing measures to achieve emission reductions of greenhouse gases (GHG) that cause climate change. Climate change programs in California are effectively reducing GHG emissions that come from all sectors of the economy. These programs include regulations, market programs, and incentives that will transform the areas of transportation, industry, fuels, and others, to take California into a sustainable, low-carbon and cleaner future, while maintaining a robust economy. 

The state is also ensuring programs funded by California Climate Investments (CCI) are benefiting all Californians, particularly those in disadvantaged communities, by reducing health burdens of air pollution. CCI projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 50 percent of these investments benefit disadvantaged and low-income communities. CCI is funded through the auctioning of allowances from the state’s economy-wide Cap-and-Trade Program.

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AB 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan

The AB 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan is an actionable blueprint for aligning action to achieve California’s ambitious climate goals. The state achieved its 2020 GHG emissions reductions target of returning to 1990 levels 4 years earlier than mandated by AB 32. The state is currently implementing strategies in the 2017 Scoping Plan Update to further reduce its GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.