California leads fight to curb climate change

EDF is helping design and implement market-based policies that reduce energy use and cut pollution.

These global efforts aim to establish a stable, long-term transition to a clean energy economy.

California’s AB 32

California provided an early proving ground for EDF’s climate work: EDF co-sponsored California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), landmark legislation that set an absolute statewide limit on greenhouse gas emissions, and confirmed California’s commitment to transition to a sustainable, clean energy economy.

The state is now demonstrating impressive outcomes from the first decade of AB 32 implementation, including innovative advancements in clean energy and energy efficiency, and a growing economy coupled with reduced emissions.

What’s next?

The successful outcomes of AB 32 provide California’s climate and energy portfolio with an excellent foundation from which to grow, aligning with our national and international policies which include:

  • Implementing California’s climate policies, the centerpiece of which is a cap-and-trade program, with the goal of expanding and extending the program beyond 2020.
  • Establishing complimentary policies, incentives, and market rules that help the state transition to a low-carbon, clean energy economy through promoting renewables and modernizing and automating energy options in the state.
  • Partnering with other regions and stakeholders, to share California’s lessons and experiences from the state’s early adoption of comprehensive climate and energy policies.

California is leading the way

By taking bold action California is a leader on climate change. Hallmarks of its success are strong government leadership, accelerated investment in clean energy, and rapid growth of businesses that contribute to the advancement of the low-carbon economy.


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