Governor Brown today issued an executive order to establish a California greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. California is on track to meet or exceed the current target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as established in the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, AB 32. California’s new emission reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 will make it possible to reach the ultimate goal of reducing emissions 80 percent under 1990 levels by 2050.
Statement by Les McCabe, CEO/Executive Director of Global Green USA:
Global Green commends Governor Brown for releasing one of the most ambitious Executive Orders ever written.
While ambitious, this goal is achievable, and necessary in order to avoid the most serious effects of climate change. This goal provides California with a platform to lead at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year, and secures California’s position as one of the most forward thinking governments in the world. California has shown time and time again that it is possible to grow the economy while still reducing carbon emissions, and we support this new effort to invest in our clean energy future.
An imperative strategy to reaching this goal is increasing our energy efficiency. Global Green is proud to have been working on both the state and local level for the past several years to increase the energy efficiency of our existing buildings. In Los Angeles alone, buildings are responsible for over half the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. We look forward to continue working with both local and statewide leaders to advance energy efficiency measures in the state and help make this executive order a reality.