This page last reviewed June 21, 2017

Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in California

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What's New

  • All Dairy and Livestock Working Group documents and comment docket links have been moved to the dedicated main working group webpage. Links to the working group and subgroup webpages are also available below.
  • All documents except the SLCP Reduction Strategy and appendices have been moved to the Archived Meeting and Documents Portal
  • El Resumen Ejecutive de la Estrategia de Reducción de Contaminantes Climáticos de Vida Corta (CCVC) ya está disponible aquí

The Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy

Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) are powerful climate forcers that remain in the atmosphere for a much shorter period of time than longer-lived climate pollutants, such as carbon dioxide (CO2). They include methane, fluorinated gases including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and black carbon. Their relative potency, when measured in terms of how they heat the atmosphere, can be tens, hundreds, or even thousands of times greater than that of CO2. SLCPs are harmful air pollutants and the impacts of SLCPs are especially strong over the short term.  Reducing these emissions can make an immediate beneficial impact on climate change and improve public health.

Senate Bill 605 (Lara, Chapter 523, Statutes of 2014) directed ARB to develop a comprehensive SLCP strategy, in coordination with other state agencies and local air quality management and air pollution control districts to reduce emissions of SLCPs. SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) directed the Board to approve and begin implementing the plan by January 1, 2018, and set statewide 2030 emission reduction targets for methane, HFCs, and anthropogenic black carbon. The SLCP Reduction Strategy was approved by the Board in March 2017. SB 1383 also included a number of directives for addressing dairy and livestock sector methane emissions and landfill methane emissions via diversion of organic material from the waste stream.


Dairy and Livestock Greenhouse Gas Reduction Working Group 

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SB 1383 requires the formation of a dairy and livestock sector Working Group to identify and address technical, market, regulatory, and other barriers to the development of dairy methane reduction projects. The Working Group, made up of CDFA, partner agencies and a diverse group of stakeholders and experts, will produce recommendations to advance methane reductions on California dairies and livestock operations while also supporting the resiliency and sustainability of California’s world-renown dairy and livestock industry. The Working Group will also foster important relationships and build the cooperation necessary to maximize environmental benefits, minimize impacts to disadvantaged communities, and utilize available resources efficiently.

SLCP Reduction Strategy Documents

SLCP Reduction Strategy

Resumen Ejecutive de la Estrategia de Reducción de CCVC

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Staying in Touch

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For information, please contact:
Dave Mehl at (916) 323-1491, or dmehl@arb.ca.gov

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