On Monday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific time, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will conduct an online workshop that will offer an update on the state’s building decarbonization efforts. 

Building decarbonization is important to reduce emissions to achieve California’s path to carbon neutrality by 2045 and to meet air quality standards. Since the electricity grid is increasingly powered by renewable and zero-carbon sources, accelerated building electrification in the short term can play a pivotal role in achieving climate and air quality targets while providing important public health benefits.

This workshop provides an opportunity to hear updates on building decarbonization efforts underway and a forum for state agencies, experts, and the public to discuss benefits, challenges, opportunities, market readiness, environmental justice considerations, and policy opportunities to advance equitable building electrification.

Achieving carbon neutrality will bring a number of changes to California, including moving the state away from fossil fuel combustion in a manner that supports job retention and creation as California makes a just transition towards a clean energy economy. As part of this workshop, staff will seek to discuss and receive input on a potential measure that would establish a zero-carbon emission limitation for space and water heating equipment. This measure would provide needed emission reductions in oxides of nitrogen to meet federal ambient air quality standards.

To register for the workshop, visit https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/events/sp22-buildings-ws.