California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Legislation to Move Forward With the Nation’s Most Aggressive State Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    View Authors September 2016

    On September 8, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed two major bills into law, which require the state to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and to do so in an open and transparent manner.

    Effective January 1, 2017, the broad-sweeping legislation codifies Governor Brown’s 2015 executive order (B-32-15) and will impact nearly all entities operating or doing business in the State of California, from those in the transportation sector to those in the manufacturing or natural resources sectors. Governor Brown has characterized the new GHG targets set in place by the legislation as “something that no other state has done.”