Public Workshop Series to Commence Development of the 2022 Scoping Plan Update to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2045

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.


Public Workshop Series to Commence Development of the 2022 Scoping Plan Update to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2045

The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board), in collaboration with other State agencies, will hold a three-day public workshop series to initiate the development of the update to the AB 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan, which is due in 2022 and will reflect California’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

The workshop series will be held virtually at the following dates and times:

Day 1 – Overview and Framework

Date:  Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Time:  8:30 am – 12:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Register Day 1 

Day 2 – Focus Area Discussions

Date:  Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Morning Session – Natural and Working Lands
Time:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Afternoon Session – Equity and Environmental Justice
Time:  1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Register Day 2 

Day 3 – Focus Area Discussions

Date:  Thursday, June 10, 2021

Morning Session – Transportation Sector
Time:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Afternoon Session – Electricity Sector
Time:  1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Register Day 3 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the webinar by computer or by telephone. These workshops will be recorded.

Purpose of the Workshops

The 2022 Scoping Plan Update will assess progress towards achieving the Senate Bill 32 2030 target and lay out a path to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. The State achieved its 2020 target four years earlier than mandated and the 2017 Scoping Plan Update laid out a cost-effective and technologically feasible path to achieve a 40 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2030. The 2022 Scoping Plan Update will chart a path for California to become carbon neutral by 2045. Achieving carbon neutrality will bring a number of changes to California, including moving the State away from fossil fuel combustion in a manner that supports job retention and creation as California makes a just transition towards a clean energy economy. Moreover, data shows disadvantaged communities are disproportionately impacted by fossil fuel combustion related air pollution. A phasing out of reliance on fossil fuels will deliver greater benefits in these communities compared to non-environmental justice communities in the state. To further assist CARB in its efforts to advance environmental justice, AB 32 mandates that CARB convene an Environmental Justice Advisory Committee to advise the Board in developing the Scoping Plan, which the Board approved May 20, 2021. CARB will consult with the Committee throughout the development of the 2022 Scoping Plan Update to ensure that environmental justice principles and actions are incorporated into the Scoping Plan.

The series will begin with an overview workshop to provide high-level perspectives on achieving carbon neutrality from agencies and academia, which are informed by recent legislative reports and work underway to fulfill Executive Order directives. This overview workshop will also outline the Scoping Plan update process, describe the framework for the Scoping Plan, and specify how to stay engaged.  The next two days consist of half-day workshops that provide more in-depth discussions of recent report findings, and raise questions for stakeholders to consider.

Relevant materials will be available on CARB’s AB 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan Meetings and Workshops webpage prior to the workshops.

Workshop Information 

Tribal Participation

In recognition of the important government-to-government relationship California has with Tribes, CARB looks forward to participation of California Native American Tribes in these overview workshops and throughout the Scoping Plan update process. CARB also looks forward to directly engaging with Tribes, including through any request for consultation. CARB’s Tribal Relations webpage provides additional information regarding CARB’s work with Tribes as well as contact information for CARB’s Tribal Liaison.


In 2006, the Legislature passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 [Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32)], which created a comprehensive, multi-year program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California. AB 32 required CARB to develop a Scoping Plan that describes the approach California will take to reduce GHGs to achieve the goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.  The Scoping Plan was first approved by the Board in 2008 and must be updated at least every five years. Since 2008, there have been two updates to the Scoping Plan. Each of the Scoping Plans have included a suite of policies to help the State achieve its GHG targets, in large part leveraging existing programs whose primary goal is to reduce harmful air pollution.

More Information