GHG emission reduction targets – Vehicles

Posted on October 7, 2010 by

California Air Resources Board (CARB ) recently approved a set of guidelines for reducing car and light truck GHG emissions in 18 metropolitan planning areas within the state. These guidelines have been Issued as part of the agency’s implementation of the state’s smart growth law. The reduction targets include a wide range of reductions from the 18 planning areas. The urban areas covered include Sacramento, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Southern California—the state’s four largest planning regions. The targets for these areas are set at 7-8 percent below per capita 2005 levels by 2020 and 13-16 percent below by 2035. The targets are nonbinding, however, the planning areas must demonstrate an ability to achieve the targets to become eligible for certain incentives, such as expedited permitting processes for development projects.

Thus, CARB’s approach to controlling GHG emissions seems to be that of providing incentives and making their services conditional to compliance of constituencies to their legislations – which is a good starting point before regulators start taking more enforcement driven approach. This approach is also worth imitating especially in developing countries such as India, China etc where legislation coming into force may take significant amount of time.

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