Packed Schedule Highlights California’s Leadership in Environmental Protection and Green Jobs
In an effort to promote California’s global leadership on environmental protection and clean energy innovation, as well as learn best practices from other government and NGO environmental leaders, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León will join a California delegation in Lima, Peru, from December 7-11, 2014, to participate in meetings for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
**Lima, Peru is 3 hours ahead of PST
**Follow conferees on social media through the hashtags: #COP20 and #UNFCCC
**Find Senator De León’s convention blog through http://sd24.senate.ca.gov (live on Sunday, December 7th)
The pro Tem will speak at several official UN events, including: a discussion on pricing carbon emissions; joint events by California and Mexico, as well as California and China highlighting recent MOUs on greenhouse gas reduction; a panel on advanced transportation (such as electric vehicles); a conference with Peruvian legislators and legislators from around the world; high level meetings with the White House, United Nations and other dignitaries; a discussion with officials from Norway on forests and land use; and other events.
The pro Tem and California’s delegation will tout California’s leadership on climate change and environmental policy, and discuss opportunities in California and the United States to create jobs in the low-carbon economy, reduce climate change and protect our environment. They will also exchange ideas with countries, states, provinces and cities around the world on how to work together to tackle this global problem.
California is a world leader in adopting and implementing policies to address climate change, including these bills from the last decade:
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 (AB 32, Nuñez/Pavley 2006);
- Advancing clean car standards to reduce tailpipe emissions (AB 1493, Pavley 2002);
- Setting Renewable Portfolio Standards to procure clean energy (SB 2-1X, Simitian 2011);
- Requiring 25% of Cap and Trade revenue be invested in California’s most disadvantaged communities (SB 535, De León 2012);
- Making zero emission vehicles more accessible to more Californians (SB 1275, De León 2014);
- Addressing short-lived climate pollutants (SB 605, Lara 2014).