California EO B-30-15: Establishing 2030 CA emissions target, Adaptation initiatives

In April 2015, Governor Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown signed Executive Order B-30-15 (EO) establishing a new interim greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels and directing state agencies to take additional actions to prepare for the impacts of climate change. The EO requires consideration of climate change impacts in the State's Infrastructure Investment Plan and in all state planning and investment decisions. The EO also sets principles for the states action to address climate impacts and calls for monitoring of state progress. 

First, the EO established a new interim statewide greenhouse gas emission reduction target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 - in order to ensure California meets its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. All state agencies with jurisdiction over sources of greenhouse gas emissions are directed to implement measures to achieve reductions of greenhouse gas emissions to meet the 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets.

This resource was featured in the May 1, 2015, ASAP Newsletter.

"In the midst of a historic drought, California's Governor is taking action, issuing California Executive Order B-30-15. Governor Brown set a new interim target of reducing emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. This puts the state in line with the emissions targets passed by the European Union just last year and builds on the state’s existing goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050."

On adaptation, the EO requires that the state’s adaptation strategy, Safeguarding California, be updated every 3 years; identifies vulnerabilities to climate change by sector or regions; outlines primary risks to residents, property, communities and natural systems; and establishes a process for agency coordination. The California Natural Resources Agency will make the triennial updates to the Safeguarding Plan.

The Executive Order also lists principles for guiding state adaptation efforts, including that the state should:

  • prioritize adaptation actions that also reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
  • use flexible, adaptive approaches to prepare for uncertain climate impacts
  • protect the state's most vulnerable populations
  • prioritize natural infrastructure approaches.

A lead agency will be designated for each sector impacted by climate change (including water, energy, and transportation). The lead agencies will then prepare adaptation implementation plans by September 2015.  

The EO also establishes a process for tracking implementation of adaptation activities, and requires that state agencies incorporate climate change into their planning and investment decisions using a full life-cycle cost accounting to evaluate and compare infrastructure investments and alternatives.

The EO requires that California’s 5-Year Infrastructure Plan incorporates current and future climate change impacts in decisions to construct new infrastructure projects and rehabilitate existing ones. Infrastructure investments will provide multiple benefits to taxpayers, including heading off drought impacts with water recycling and storage projects and lower insurance rates with improved flood infrastructure.


Publication Date: April 29, 2015

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  • State of California

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