California may be a climate leader, but it could be a century behind on carbon goals: study

by Herman K. Trabish, Smart Cities Dive, October 30, 2019

Power sector progress is masking the need to address emissions in transportation and industry.

California just got sobering news that despite its nation-leading renewables build, it may be a century late in achieving its ambitious climate goals.

The shift to renewables allowed California to meet its 2020 mandate to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels four years early, according to an Oct. 8 Next 10 report. But the state’s GHG reduction rate must be three times faster to get to the next target of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, Next 10 found.

At California’s GHG reduction rate in 2017, the most recent year detailed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), it would reach its 2030 goal in 2061 and its 2050 goal of emitting 80% below 1990 levels in 2157, “a 31-year and a 107-year delay.”

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