Ryan Waterman and Parissa Ebrahimzadeh Discuss California Environmental and Energy Policy Goals with 2020 Target Date

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Attorney Ryan Waterman and associate Parissa Ebrahimzadeh authored an article in Environmental Law News titled “California’s “Magic” Number: Nine Goals for 2020 and Where We May Go From There.” The article explores nine goals California has set for itself by 2020 with respect to reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, trash diversion to landfills, urban water use reduction, use of e-books in college classrooms and more.

Waterman and Ebrahimzadeh discuss the legislation enacted in California with regard to each goal, as well as the outlook for meeting each goal by 2020 and beyond. The nine goals include:

  • reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels;
  • reduce by 10% the carbon intensity of fuels used for transportation;
  • attain a 33% renewable energy portfolio standard;
  • reach 1.3 Gigawatts of energy storage;
  • create a modernized electrical transmission and distribution system or “smart grid”;
  • attain zero net energy residential and commercial construction;
  • reduce urban water demand by 20%;
  • reduce landfill use by 75%; and
  • reduce the cost of college textbooks by making them also available as e-books.

The authors conclude that even if California doesn’t fully meet all of the above goals by 2020, its efforts likely will make the state a national trend setter in several of these areas and will help determine the future for the state.

Read “California’s “Magic” Number: Nine Goals for 2020 and Where we May Go From There (PDF),” published Spring 2014.

Printed in Environmental Law News and reprinted by permission of Environmental Law section of the California State Bar.

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