GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW GREENHOUSE GAS PUSH

                                       

Yesterday at the California Air Resources board meeting Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his new plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through 2030 and beyond, including a strategy for cutting petroleum use in half.

Brown proposed the goal in January and issued an executive order in April setting an emissions target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – as a way to “continue the work” started by AB 32.  At that time Brown also called for a doubling of energy efficiency in existing buildings and increasing the amount of “green” energy used in the state to 50%.  The latter two goals were included in SB 350 (de Leon).

The “Mobile Source Strategy” proposes getting 15% of emissions reductions from existing state programs like the low-carbon fuel standard, the zero-emission vehicle requirement and regional transportation planning rules. Additional reductions would come from mandates like 40% of new car sales coming from zero-emission vehicles, biofuel use nearly tripling, and electricity- and hydrogen-based fuel increasing by nearly a factor of 40.

This plan will have several indirect impact on property owners related to land use, transportation infrastructure planning, and increased energy costs.  However, we expect a major direct impact will be mandates and continued pressure for private property owners to provide fueling stations for electric vehicles.

This is a major regulatory issue that the commercial real estate industry will be involved with to make sure policymakers understand impacts of decisions on our industry and the cost of doing business in California.

Click here to read the “Mobile Source Strategy; Discussion Draft.”

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