California set a record for greenhouse gas reductions in 2020, but it means nothing if the state does not have plans to meet its carbon reduction goals.
The State of California is a leader in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, leading the nation in clean energy investment in the first two quarters of 2019. The State has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, which means we can be responsible in our collective actions and do the right thing.
To help achieve this goal with its current economic framework, California needs to move to a renewable energy mix. But, if the state does not have a solid plan for meeting its 2020 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels, it will be difficult to make that plan work.
To meet its 2020 target, California needs to meet the following:
Reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
Reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
Achieving the goals is a key element of the State’s Climate Leadership Plan that establishes the framework for delivering California toward the climate goals it has set.
How the State Can Achieve the 20 Percent Reduction Below 1990 Levels by 2020
In order to meet the state’s 2020 goal, the State will need to make a number of significant changes in how it operates.
While the plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, the State’s reduction target cannot be reached on state law alone. This reduction target must also be set by a global agreement that California joins.
The State of California will not meet its own 2020 carbon reduction goals alone. It will continue to work with the other states and the private sector to develop and implement the framework for carbon reduction they need.
Achieving the goals will take more than having a new plan. The process will need to include substantial investments to build the renewable energy capacity the State needs.
Building California’s Renewable Energy Capacity to Meet the 2020 Carbon Target
The State of California is the largest investor in clean energy in the nation, and one of, if not the most, innovative investor in clean energy. Yet,