Record setting wildfires and heat waves across California have highlighted the urgency of acting on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally. On August 19th, 2020, E3 partner Amber Mahone presented the results of a new draft study on Achieving Carbon Neutrality in California. Over 500 participants joined the public workshop to listen in, provide comments, and ask questions, live, to the study authors.
The study notes that achieving carbon neutrality by 2045 requires ambitious near-term actions around deployment of energy efficiency, transportation and building electrification, zero-carbon electricity, and reductions in non-energy, non-combustion greenhouse gas emissions. These least-regrets strategies are common across all deep decarbonization strategies. In addition, achieving carbon neutrality will require scaling up research, development and deployment efforts around carbon dioxide removal strategies, such as land-based carbon sequestration and direct air capture of CO2.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) sponsored the study to gather information about potential pathways and policies to help the state achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, and as a resource to help inform the forthcoming 2022 CARB Scoping Plan.
The August 19th workshop was recorded, and is available here. Additional E3 study authors include Gabe Mantegna, Rawley Loken and Niki Lintmeijer, as well as E3 alumni Dr. Zack Subin and Dr. Clea Kolster.