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Air Quality

Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategies

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In 2006 the Legislature passed and Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32 the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which set the 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal into law.  The goal is to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050.

Air Quality Elements

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California’s air quality has continuously increased since the California Air Pollution Control Act was passed in 1947.  The state has been consistently ahead of the federal government, other states, and the rest of the world in monitoring and reducing air pollution. Yet, California’s metropolitan regions still score in the nation’s top ten areas with the worst ozone levels.  If the state is to continue to have healthy air quality, local governments must take action to further reduce pollution emissions.

Climate Action Plans

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Since passage of AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act (2006), communities throughout California have been identified as a key partner in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many local governments have begun to address community and municipal greenhouse gas emissions by updating their general plans to include goals, policies, and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while other have taken a more focused approach and prepared a Climate Action Plan (CAP) or sustainability plan.