California is leading the climate change fight
We're helping California find and implement innovative climate solutions
We're helping California take bold action that reduces energy use and global warming pollution.
Implementing landmark global warming law
California's landmark global warming law — the world's first economy wide cap on greenhouse gas pollution — is crucial to fighting climate change.
After beating back a polluter attack on AB 32 in 2010, we're continuing to ensure California meets its emissions goals, specifically through a well-designed cap-and-trade program.
Showcasing the clean energy economy
We know reducing emissions creates jobs and grows the economy. Here's how we're making the case for green jobs in California:
- Profiled and tracked historic growth in the seven main clean economy employment sectors in coordination with Collaborative Economics.
- Published a green jobs guidebook for job seekers of all skill sets.
- Built an online resource of green jobs and training centers.
- Authored a report on how investments of AB 32 auction revenue can help support California’s green economy.
Innovative climate and energy solutions
The success of AB 32 depends on finding and adopting innovative solutions with a range of partners.
On the international front, we helped California coordinate with the Brazilian state of Acre and the Mexican state of Chiapas to put them on track to generate credits usable in the California program by 2015. The partnership will help Brazil and Mexico preserve rainforests and California reach its emission reduction targets.
Locally, we launched the Climate for Community pilot project with SF Power to show how residents and small businesses can save on utility bills and make money in the state's carbon market. The project brings needed funds into under-invested communities and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Our track record in California
EDF has helped win approval for breakthrough policies to combat climate change.
- Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: we helped pass this bold law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and defended it from polluters in 2010.
- Cap and Trade: the world’s first economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions cap and trade regulation.
- Auction Revenue Investment: a comprehensive set of legislative bills directing the use of proceeds from the cap and trade auction. California is on track to invest billions of dollars for climate pollution reduction during the program’s three compliance phases, focusing on investments in energy efficiency, clean energy, green job creation, and disadvantaged communities across the state.
- Greenhouse gas credits from unregulated sectors: allowing credits to be generated from innovative projects for climate pollution reduction occurring within a range of high quality project types, including rural and urban forests, ozone depleting substances, livestock manure, and rice cultivation.
- Low Carbon Fuel Standard: the world's first standard for dramatically reducing the environmental impact of transportation fuels.
- California's Clean Cars Program: adopted by 15 other states, permission to enforce standards was granted by the Environmental Protection Agency in June 2009. California has also collaborated with the U.S. EPA and car companies to ensure the GHG emission from cars will decrease significantly by 2025.
- Climate Action Reserve's Forest Project Protocol: allows forest projects to earn carbon credits and play a greater role in mitigating climate change.
- Pay-as-You-Drive: insurance standards that reward motorists who drive less, resulting in lower insurance costs, less air pollution, and a reduced dependence on foreign oil.