California leads fight to curb climate change

Wind turbines in California

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

California’s landmark policies

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.

Ten years after the passage of AB 32, California extended and strengthened the limit on greenhouse gas emissions with the passage of SB 32 in 2016. The state raised its goal for greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

To ratchet up its clean energy commitment, California passed the Clean Energy & Pollution Reduction Act (SB 350) in 2015. The legislation requires the state to increase its renewable energy mix to 50 percent and double the energy efficiency of existing buildings by 2030.

California is now demonstrating impressive outcomes from the implementation of its climate policies. After the first decade of AB32 implementation, California’s economy is growing while carbon pollution is declining. With innovative advancements in clean energy and energy efficiency, the state is well on the way to meeting its renewable energy target.

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.
  • Fast tracking emissions reductions to benefit public health through policies that work in concert with cap and trade.
  • 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.

Resources

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