Climate & Economic Development Project

Climate & Economic Development Project

Problems of traffic congestion and air pollution are not new to this region. Residents have experienced the costs of congestion in time and dollars and often in terms of health effects as well.  State legislation, Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375, sets new standards for California’s production of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.  Senate Bill 375 specifically gives Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), such as the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the responsibility to work with local jurisdictions to develop a regional strategy for reducing GHG emissions.

Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375 legislation have created an impetus for SCAG to think deeply about the best long-term approaches to these challenges.  To this end, SCAG is seizing the opportunity to work with its partner agencies, local business leaders, and technical experts from the region to identify a range of options to meet the region’s needs for equitable economic development, pollution reduction, housing and transportation planning.  Doing so will support economically viable and sustainable communities.

Final Project Report & Appendices

Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Impact Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Policy Options for the Southern California Climate and Economic Development Project (CEDP) Final Report.

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Inventory & Forecast

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) prepared an inventory and forecast of the SCAG region’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and anthropogenic sinks (carbon storage) from 1990 to 2035. The inventory and reference case projection (forecast) estimates served as a starting point to assist the Project Stakeholder Committee (PSC) and its Technical Work Groups (TWGs) with an initial comprehensive understanding of the region’s current and possible future GHG emissions. This information informed the identification and analysis of policy options for mitigating GHG emissions.

Inventory & Forecast

Stakeholders & Participants

The Project Stakeholder Committee (PSC) comprises a diverse group of stakeholders who bring broad perspective and expertise to the topic of transportation, economic growth, policy frameworks in the region and climate change.

Members come from business, non-governmental organizations, academia, and multiple levels of government. Members are appointed by SCAG.

Members of the PSC