Fact Sheets on California's 2030 Climate Commitments and Related E3 Study

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July 9, 2015
Joint Agency Symposium on the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

Summary of the California State Agency's PATHWAYS Project: Long-term Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scenarios

Governor Brown has called for California to adopt a 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission target to inform policy setting and program development. The California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, and the California Independent System Operator commissioned E3 to evaluate the feasibility and cost of a range of potential 2030 targets along the way to the state's goal of reducing GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. With input from the agencies, E3 developed scenarios that explore the potential pace at which emission reductions can be achieved, as well as the mix of technologies and practices deployed. E3 conducted the analysis using its California PATHWAYS model. Enhanced specifically for this study, the model encompasses the entire California economy with detailed representations of the buildings, industry, transportation, and electricity sectors. This summary describes the scenarios analyzed by E3 and provides an overview of key findings.
Summary of the California State Agency's PATHWAYS Project: Long-term Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scenarios

Fact Sheets

  • Fact Sheet: Use Renewable Resources For Half of the State's Electricity by 2030
    California continues to set far-reaching climate and energy goals. We are on track to get 33 percent of our energy from renewable resources by 2020. We now have a new goal set by the governor: getting 50 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. This fact sheet highlights the benefits of achieving that and what's needed to hit that target.
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  • Fact Sheet: Cutting Petroleum Use in Half by 2030
    California drivers use more than 16 million gallons of gas each year, which continues our dependence on fossil fuels and needs to be addressed if we are to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. The governor recently set a new goal to reduce petroleum use in cars and trucks by 50 percent by 2030. This fact sheet highlights what’s driving the goal and how we can get there.
    En Español

  • Fact Sheet: Doubling Energy Savings in Existing Buildings and Develop Cleaner Heating Fuels by 2030
    Buildings account for more than 40 percent of the energy used in California. Reducing energy use in new homes, residential and commercial buildings helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Even more savings can be achieved by retrofitting existing buildings. The governor recently called for doubling the efficiency of existing buildings by 2030 and making heating fuels cleaner. This fact sheet explains the benefits of both and how it can be done.
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