California Establishes Ambitious Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Target


California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed an executive order to establish a California greenhouse-gas (GHG) reduction target of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

According to the governor's office, the executive order aligns California's GHG reduction targets with those of leading international governments ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. The 28-nation European Union, for instance, set the same target for 2030 last October.

California is on track to meet or exceed the current target of reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as established in the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (A.B.32).

‘With this order, California sets a very high bar for itself and other states and nations, but it's one that must be reached – for this generation and generations to come,’ Brown says.

The California Solar Energy Industries Association applauded the governor's executive order. Earlier this year, Brown urged California to increase its renewable portfolio standard to 50% from 33%.

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