California Air Resources Board
[Green Car Congress] The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a draft Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy. The draft strategy describes proposed actions the State will take to move forward aggressively to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).
SLCPs include methane, black carbon and fluorinated gases (F-gases) such as refrigerants, insulating foam and aerosol propellants. They are harmful air pollutants and powerful contributors to climate change, trapping heat at many times the level of carbon dioxide, and are responsible for about 40% of current global warming, ARB said.
The draft strategy follows Governor Brown’s announcement last Thursday that California would reduce emissions of methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 40% below current levels by 2030, and black carbon by 50% below current levels by 2030. It also comes a week after bi-partisan legislation was re-introduced in the US Senate to address SLCPs nationally…