California implements emissions reduction plan

California plans to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30% over the next 12 years, according to the California’s Air Resources Board (ARB).

Central to the plan is a cap and trade program covering 85% of the state’s emissions, which ARB said is also in conjunction with the Western Climate Initiative program covering six other states (Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington) and three Canadian Provinces (British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec).

Another proposed GHG emissions reductions initiatives by the ARB include 33% renewable energy production from utilities and expanding energy efficiency programs in building and appliance standards.

Final consideration of the draft plans will be in November.

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