California industry proposes greenhouse regs

22 January 2007 23:34  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN FRANCISCO (ICIS news)--A coalition of California business and industry organisations on Monday proposed an interim set of greenhouse gas regulations while awaiting implementation of a new state law that mandates emission reductions.

When Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the measure into law in September, a spokesman for the manufacturing sector said chemical and plastics producers stood to be among those most keenly affected by the emission reduction requirements. The law is aimed at combating global warming.

The government relations chief for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association told the California Air Resources Board on Monday that businesses need some immediate clues on how the regulations might look.

The air resources board was told that it should embrace a certified early action programme that was developed by an industry group that includes the CMTA, the American Chemistry Council, the Chemical Industry Council of California and other organisations.

While the law may take years to develop “California businesses need to make decisions in real time whether to go forward, delay or abandon future projects,” CMTA vice president Dorothy Rothrock told the air resources board during a hearing in Sacramento, the state capital.

The proposed interim rules would “provide greater regulatory certainty and encourage companies to continue investing in California,” the coalition said in a statement.

Dominic DiMare, vice president of government affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce, said the proposed programme would also “encourage companies to invest in energy efficiency and other projects earlier than required, which would speed up greenhouse gas emission reductions.”

The state law is aimed at reducing factory emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 25% (to 1990 levels) by 2020 and by an additional 80% by 2050.

By: Richard Knee
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