While most people are interested in the new regulations under California’s AB 32—regulations to meet the low carbon fuel standard, the renewable portfolio standard and allowances under any cap and trade system, whether state or federal—there is a growing recognition that, even if we all—industry and consumers together—make the changes necessary to meet the climate change goals of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels, there will still be a need to adapt to climate change. Regardless of whether we are successful in meeting our carbon reduction goals, there will be land use changes required to adapt to rising sea levels and other effects of climate change in California. This week, after a year of review and discussion, California will release its draft Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS) for public review. Expect to see recommendations for changes in land use requirements and infrastructure requirements for roads, levees and buildings, among others.
For more information, go to http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/adaptation/index.html