The mission of the Marin Climate & Energy Partnership (MCEP) is to create a countywide partnership that allows partner members to work collaboratively, share resources and secure funding to:
1) discuss, study and implement overarching policies and programs, ranging from emission reduction strategies to adaptation, contained in each agency's Climate Action Plan; and
2) collect data and report on progress in meeting each partner member's individual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets.
AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
Since 2005, the State of California has responded to growing concerns over the effects of climate change by adopting a comprehensive approach to addressing emissions in the public and private sectors. This approach was officially initiated with the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which requires the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The AB 32 Scoping Plan was developed to identify strategies for meeting the AB 32 goal, and was adopted by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) in December 2008. Among many other strategies, it encourages local governments to reduce emissions in their jurisdictions by 15 percent below current levels by 2020. In addition, it identifies the following strategies that will impact local governance:
- Develop a California cap-and-trade program
- Expand energy efficiency programs
- Establish and seek to achieve reduction targets for transportation-related GHG emissions
- Expand the use of green building practices
- Increase waste diversion, composting, and commercial recycling toward zero waste
- Continue water efficiency programs and use cleaner energy sources to move and treat water
- Reduce methane emissions at landfills
- Preserve forests that sequester carbon dioxide
Marin County emissions totaled over 1.9 million metric tons in 2005. In order to meet our AB 32 target, emissions must drop 15% by the year 2020. As of 2015, countywide emissions were 17% below 2005 emissions.
In 2016, California enacted legislation which requires the State to reduce emissions another 40% by 2030. The State's long-term goal is to reduce emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 – the amount that climate scientists say is necessary to cap global warming at 2 deg C (3.6 deg F) above pre-industrial levels.