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California Wins 2017 Outstanding Policy Climate and Clean Air Award

November 12, 2017

Bonn, November 12, 2017— The State of California won the inaugural Climate and Clean Air Award for Outstanding Policy for its leadership, bold policies and legislation to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), including black carbon, methane, and HFCs.

Over the last three years, California has set the most comprehensive and strongest set of targets for reducing these super climate pollutants into state law, and is pursuing a detailed plan to meet those targets.

This strategy, developed in-line with targets identified in the CCAC’s “Time to Act” report, was formally adopted by the California Air Resources Board in March 2017, and was initially developed pursuant to Senate Bill 605 by Senator Ricardo Lara. The ambitious SLCP Reduction Strategy includes goals to reduce methane and HFC emissions by 40% below 2013 levels by 2030, and to cut non-forest black carbon emissions by 50% below 2013 levels by 2030.

Altogether, California’s SLCP Reduction Strategy is expected to reduce GHG emissions more than any other climate program through 2030, including Cap-and-Trade, on the way to reducing statewide GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels.

The award recognized the work of the California Air Resources Board, Senator Ricardo Lara and Governor Edmund Gerald Brown Jr for these efforts.

The first ever Climate and Clean Air Awards were presented to California and six other winners on Sunday at a ceremony at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany (COP23).

 More information on all the 2017 Climate and Clean Air Award Winners here.