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AB-1284 Carbon neutrality.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/22/2019 04:00 AM


Assembly Bill
No. 1284

Introduced by Assembly Member Carrillo

February 21, 2019

An act to add Section 39735 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.


AB 1284, as introduced, Carrillo. Carbon neutrality.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The state board is required to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020 and to ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 40% below the 1990 level by 2030. The act requires the state board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and to update the scoping plan at least once every 5 years.
This bill would require the state board to adopt a regulation defining carbon neutrality, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California has established the ambitious overall target to reduce carbon emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, pursuant to Section 38566 of the Health and Safety Code, and, for the transportation sector, the target of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, pursuant to Executive Order B–16–2012.
(b) Scientists agree that worldwide carbon pollution must start trending downward, and carbon neutrality, the point at which the removal of carbon pollution from the atmosphere meets or exceeds emissions, must be achieved by midcentury.
(c) The achievement of carbon neutrality will require both significant reductions in carbon pollution and the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, including sequestration in forests, soils, and other natural landscapes.

SEC. 2.

 Section 39735 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

 The state board shall adopt a regulation defining carbon neutrality for the purposes of this division and the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500)) and consistent with Executive Order B–55–18.