Is California’s target now the global gold standard?

California Governor Jerry Brown has set a target of reducing emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030 which represents the most aggressive stance by any North American Government. United States President Barack Obama announced a 26-28% reduction in emissions from 2005 levels by 2025.


California has had a program that monetises carbon emissions for nearly a decade, largely through the efforts of then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who signed a landmark law in 2006 which Brown has aggressively enforced. Schwarzenegger’s law called for 1990 levels by 2020 and an 80% reduction of 1990 levels by 2050.

Governor Brown has made climate change front and centre for Government planning, and has ordered Agencies and Departments to reduce emissions and identify how climate change will affect infrastructure and industry. Brown is clearly a strong advocate of renewable energy, having challenged the State of California at his inauguration to increase it to 50% in the next 15 years.


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