WALNUT CREEK, CA—Governor Brown'sExecutive Order B-30-15 declares as state policy anew statewide greenhouse-gas emissions reductionstandard that needs clarification, Arthur Coon, ashareholder and co-chair of the land-use practice group atMiller Starr Regalia, tells GlobeSt.com. We spokewith Coon about the new EO and what it means for developers inCalifornia.

GlobeSt.com: In a nutshell, what does GovernorBrown's Executive Order B-30-15 on CEQA and greenhouse gasesdo?

Coon: The executive order declares asstate policy a new statewide GHG-emissions reduction standard thatis stricter than is established by current law. The new standard is40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The EO finds this will make itpossible to reach a previously stated goal of 80% below 1990 levelsby 2050. It also finds it is in line with the science on what isneeded to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, athreshold beyond which scientists believe major climate disruptionswill occur. Among other things, the EO directs the stateAir Resources Board to update the climate-changescoping plan to express the 2020 target in the standardized GHGmeasurement (metric tons of CO2 equivalent) and orders stateagencies with jurisdiction over GHG emissions sources to implementmeasures to achieve the 2030 and 2050 targets.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.