SUPPORTED: California Building Decarbonization Package: SB 30, SB 31, SB 32 & SB 37 (Cortese).
May 13, 2021: There are no hearing dates yet for these bill proposals. SB 32 was sent to Senate Governance and Finance on April 15. SB 31 went to Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications on April 19.
The California Air Resources Board reports that the building sector is the second largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state, second only to transportation. SF Bay PSR is supporting a set of bills (California Building Decarbonization Package – SB 30, SB 31, SB 32) that was introduced to decarbonize buildings. READ MORE in our MARCH Newsletter.
SF Bay PSR is supporting this bill package because a just transition to zero-emission buildings is absolutely critical to ensure that California reaches the state’s current climate goals.
The State Air Resources Board finds that California’s building energy use accounts for almost 25 percent of our statewide GHG emissions. Because a third of California’s 2045 building stock will be built between now and 2045, decarbonizing newly constructed buildings is key to reaching the state’s fossil fuel reduction targets, including returning the state to its 1990 GHG emission levels by 2020, going 40% below our 1990 GHG emission levels by 2030, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. In general, all-electric “decarbonized” buildings cost less to build to code than those requiring additional gas infrastructure. They also enhance indoor and outdoor air quality, reduce safety risks associated with gas, and improve public health.