The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan, which sets the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an additional 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
This new plan will require California to double the rate at which it has been cutting green house gas (GHG) emissions. The first rules were set out in the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) that wanted the Golden state to cut its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The new plan is both an extension as well as being more ambitious.
As the largest sectoral contributor to GHG emissions (39% in 2015), transport is a major focus of the plan. To cut emissions in the sector, California will complete a high-speed rail system (we are thinking Hyperloop), continue and extend its subsidy policies with the declared goal to “fuel the definitive winners in the market” (again, we are thinking Tesla) and introduce measures that promote sustainable movement as well as cycling and walking.
In more concrete numbers, California needs 4.2 million zero emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty electric vehicles on its roads by 2030. Also, in its California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, the state outlines the deployment of more than 100,000 freight vehicles and equipment capable of zero emission operation.
Furthermore, regulators shall develop a set of complementary policies to make light-duty ZEVs clear market winners, with a goal of reaching 100% light-duty ZEV sales.
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