California’s major initiatives for reducing climate change or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are outlined in Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which aims to reduce GHG emissions in California to 1990 levels by 2020 (a reduction of 30%), and then an 80% reduction below 1990 levels by 2050. The main strategies for achieving the GHG reductions are more fully described under the California Air Resources Board web portal on climate change and AB 32 which describes a Scoping Plan to implement a wide range of state actions and also provides are links to state agencies and other groups working on climate issues which are being coordinated by the state’s Climate Action Team.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) on June 1, 2005 adopted a resolution establishing a Climate Protection Program, and acknowledged the link between climate protection and programs to reduce air pollution in the Bay Area. A central element of the BAAQMD’s climate protection program is the integration of climate protection activities into existing Air District programs. More information on their climate protection program may be found at the BAAQMD’s climate protection web portal.