Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Targets for California
- 12:00AM, 01 June 2005
- 12:00AM, 01 June 2005
- To Be Confirmed
Governor Schwarzenegger Announcement and Carbon Down, Profits Up - Leadership Panel
On Wednesday June 1st, as part of the UN's World Environment Day celebrations, the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, vowed to tackle global warming in the state. The Governor said that the debate on climate change "is over", and announced a climate change plan with targets to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to 2000 levels by 2010, 1990 levels by 2020, and 80 % below 1990 levels by 2050. The 2010 target equates to an 11% reduction on business-as-usual and the longer-term targets are more ambitious than those under many existing national government schemes.
Former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, Terry Tamminen, who is the Governor's new Cabinet Secretary and one of the key architects of the California announcement, introduced the Governor and acknowledged fellow Cabinet members from different functions of the state government. He was clear that a concerted effort from across the range of government departments and beyond was needed to achieve the targets that Mr Schwarzenegger went on to lay-out.
The strong message from the Governor's office gives further force to the progressive policy measures both in place and in development in California, which cover a range of sectors from power through to transport. For example, California state lawmakers recently passed the Pavley Bill, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles put on the market from 2009. These regulations are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions from new cars by 30% by 2016. And in 2002, the state implemented a Renewables Portfolio Standard stating that renewable energy must be the source of 20% of the electricity sold by 2017. In his speech, the Governor pledged to accelerate this commitment to 20% by 2010 and 30% by 2020. The full range of California's emissions reduction policies can be found in The Climate Group's California case-study.
One of the key messages at the heart of Governor Schwarzenegger's speech was that these measures, and the new targets, will not compromise economic growth, rather they will promote innovation and business opportunities in the state. Governor Schwarzengger said, "together we can meet the needs of both our economy and the environment. Together we can continue California's environmental heritage and legacy of leadership in innovation in cutting-edge technology."
The Climate Group also launched its new California: Low Carbon Leader publication, with case-studies of leading reducers of greenhouse gas emissions based in, or operating in the state of California. The publication shows the range of measures being implemented to reduce emissions. These include energy efficiency projects at Disney World, renewables purchase at Fetzer Vineyards, and developing new energy efficient technologies for PCs at Intel.
This sentiment was also expressed at 'Carbon Down, Profits Up', a business leaders panel held earlier in the day by The Climate Group. The panel drew together senior figures from some of the world's leading companies on climate change including Peter Cartwright, President and CEO of Calpine Corporation, Brendan Mc Donagh, Chief Operating Officer of HSBC USA, Jeff Swartz, CEO, Timberland; Eric Milledge, Group Chairman, LifeScan (a Johnson & Johnson company); Patricia Voss, President, Fetzer Vinyards and Sandra Taylor, Senior Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility, Starbucks Coffee Company. The corporate panellists were joined by Alan Lloyd, Secretary of California's Environment Protection Agency. Discussion on the panel focused on the business benefits derived from taking early action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Overall it is estimated that cost savings generated from energy efficiency in the state already amount to some $20 billion, with further cost savings of $57 billion expected by 2011. The value of California export sales of energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean energy technologies stimulated by the state energy technology export program is estimated to be $500 million.
According to Nancy Skinner, The Climate Group's Director, USA, "Every economic threat also represents an inspiring challenge to those who are bold and creative enough to rise up to it. Investment in the technologies and products and the new energy infrastructure that will shape the low carbon future offers a huge opportunity to businesses large and small around the world. California demonstrates that the right leadership and incentives can harness the talent and skills that exist to find solutions that beat climate change and increase prosperity for all."