How California can hit its mid-century emissions reduction goals

By Kyle Niemeyer – The study was performed by a team from Energy and Environmental Economics, Monterey Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (all located in CA). Its authors took a much more detailed and accurate approach than previous work on the topic.

They built a model that broke down the CA economy into six energy-demand sectors (residential, industrial, transportation, agriculture, and petroleum) and two energy-supply sectors (fuel and electricity). The work also examined some cross-sectorial activities that produce nonenergy greenhouse gas emissions, such as cement production. The backbone of the model, explained in detail in the paper’s 117 pages of supporting material, involved calculating the rollover of infrastructure stocks, like cars, buildings, factories, and coal plants, across their planned lifetimes. It took into account turnover rates, realistic technological progress, and resource availability. more>


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