On September 20, the opening day of Climate Week NY°C, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) released the Global 500 and S&P 500 reports for 2010. These reports, summaries and analyses of the responses of some of the world’s largest companies, demonstrate that an unprecedented number of companies are measuring and disclosing information related to climate change, despite economic and legislative uncertainty.
Tensions are steadily mounting in advance of California’s November 2010 general election as the state’s landmark climate bill, the Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, faces possible suspension by the California Jobs Initiative.
This posting will be done in two sections. In this post, I have done up a brief background of relevant emissions data and California legislation preceding AB 32 and Prop 23, as well as a summary of the two bills. The second post focuses on the direct and indirect effects of Proposition 23 on AB 32 if the former were to be passed, and my arguments in favour of AB 32.
There has been confusion about whether purchasing green tariff electricity entitles the purchaser to claim zero or low emissions from their electricity consumption. This briefing note explains why, for the purposes of greenhouse emissions reporting, green tariffs generally do not entitle the purchaser to claim zero or low emissions.