California approves USA's most ambitious greenhouse-gas reduction target

28th September 2016


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Matthew Barker

Californian state governor Jerry Brown has approved legislation establishing a new ceiling for emissions in 2030 at 40% below 1990 levels.

Brown also committed to reduce petroleum use in cars and lorries by up to 50% over the next 15 years; make heating fuels cleaner; reduce the release of methane, black carbon and other potent pollutants by industry; and better manage farm and rangelands, forests and wetlands so they can store carbon.

Under the legislation, around $900m generated by the state’s cap-and-trade emissions scheme will be channelled into programmes to cut greenhouse-gases, support clean transport and protect natural ecosystems.

‘While the ultimate goal of cap-and-trade is to reduce harmful greenhouse-gas emissions, and not to generate revenue, wisely investing the funds can help meet California’s emission reduction goals,’ said state assembly speaker Anthony Rendon.

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