California’s 2030 Climate Vision Part II

August 7, 2018

Dear Reader, welcome to my blog!

In the previous post I talked briefly talked about the Climate Scoping Plan for California’s 2030 Vision released by CARB. In this post, I want to continue on with the plan’s target reductions that will give California a boost in its path to a sustainable future.

The Scoping Plan aims to take ambitious but necessary steps to further reduce GHG emissions towards 2030. They plan to help keep average global temperature rise below 2oC via:

  • Applying the 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard (that requires 50% power to be generated from renewable sources), doubling of energy efficiency savings in electricity and natural gas end uses stathroughout the state.
  • Transitioning to cleaner fuels (at least 18% reduction in carbon intensity)
  • Doubling building efficiency
  • Reducing GHG and other air pollutant emissions of transportation via transitioning to low emission or zero emission vehicles, more efficient and cleaner transit and freight systems
  • Continuing the Cap and Trade program with declining caps
  • Achieving 40% reduction in super pollutants such as methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to reach below 2013 levels

Here is a figure from California’s 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan that gives you the whole picture of what the future will look like in California:

Why does this matter? Well, as these changes take place it will effect our daily lives. Firstly, we will breathing cleaner air and while acquiring the health benefits (as well as economic cost savings arising from the prevention of associated health problems). We can expect to see increase in the use of public transport, new building and design standards, changes in city planning as well as increase new green technologies being developed. All these can bring about new products, services and business models. I think it is a good idea to keep a track of the direction of the change for our decision making processes in the future.

Thank you for reading, see you in a future post!



Published on August 7th, 2018

Last updated on April 1st, 2021