Governor Newsoms new targets will hasten the adoption of extremely effective heat pumps, assisting in protecting people from extreme heat while lowering their energy costs and reducing pollution from fossil fuels. The California Legislature and Governor must include funding for fair building decarbonization initiatives in the State budget for August in order to meet these objectives.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which sets urgently required clean energy standards for buildings, on Friday, setting a trajectory toward clean and efficient fossil-fuel-free structures.
It encourages the state to act in the ways listed below:
According to the California Energy Commission’s recommendations, there should be 6 million heat pumps in buildings by 2030, 3 million climate-ready and climate-friendly homes by 2030, 7 million climate-ready and climate-friendly homes by 2035 (half of all residences in California! ), Additionally, disadvantaged communities should receive at least 50% of the resources needed to achieve these objectives. While the Northern Hemisphere is experiencing excessive heat brought on by the climate issue, Governor Newsom signs this letter. There have been more advisories and 100 million people lived under heat warnings in recent weeks in the US. roads in Western Europe are buckling in record-breaking extremely hot weather across the Atlantic. And there is necessitated industrial power shut-offs severe heat in China.
The current heatwave is simply another worldwide indicator of the dangers of continuing to ignore climate change. Residents of the Worldwide South already endure some of the harshest effects of climate change in the form of water scarcity , Governor Newsoms new targets 0 and more yet to less global media coverage, according to climate campaigner Vanessa Nakate ( aptly notes ).
This letter follows another Governor Newsoms new targets 1 in the US Congress to address climate change at the federal level.
It also comes after years of Governor Newsoms new targets 2 by proponents of equitable decarbonization of Californian buildings, who have known for a while that Governor Newsoms new targets 3 powered by clean electricity is the most cost-effective and promising approach to get rid of carbon and hazardous pollution from our homes and workplaces.
WHAT CAN CALIFORNIAN RESIDENTS EXPECT FROM CLEAN BUILDING TARGETS? The Governor’s letter, which instructs the state administration to work toward converting California to clean, highly-efficient electric appliances, is a victory for environmental justice communities at the forefront of climate change, utility customers, and climate protection.
The most cost-effective method of decarbonizing Californian structures is to install highly efficient electric equipment, such as electric heat pumps. Electric utility rates can be lowered by widespread heat pump adoption when combined with rate reform, tenant protection, and other energy-saving initiatives, and the new targets make it obvious that it is vital to stop pointless, expensive gas infrastructure expansions.
Aside from improving indoor and outdoor air quality, installing electric appliances would also improve health outcomes for underprivileged groups that are also exposed to high levels of pollution from industry, traffic, and other sources in their local areas.
By speeding up the deployment of incredibly efficient heat pumps that keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, the new goals will also assist Californians combat the state’s excessive heat.
TIME TO SPEND MONEY IN COMMUNITIES California needs to start working now to turn its aspirations for today into realities for tomorrow.
California had a significant role in the commercialization of electric vehicles and rooftop solar panels. With clean and renewable heating, cooling, and hot water, it can repeat the feat. In order to do this, the final budget decisions that will be enacted in August by the California Legislature and Governor must include funding for equitable building decarbonization projects.
The influx of state budget funds earmarked for building electrification, particularly replenishing the Governor Newsoms new targets 4 funding pool, may be essential in advancing the objectives set forth in today’s law. California has done this before: through the Governor Newsoms new targets 5, it invested billions in the development of rooftop solar. As a result, solar panels are now more reasonably priced and widely available. To convert California’s buildings to use clean and reasonably priced energy sources, a similar investment is required.
It is crucial that policies like rate reform, energy efficiency upgrades, tenant protections, and other safeguards be included in fair building decarbonization in order to guarantee low-income households—who can least afford skyrocketing fossil fuel costs—gain the most from the transition. To fund and put these ideas into effect, the Legislature and state agencies must step up their current efforts.
Globally sweltering temperatures and soaring fossil fuel costs serve as a sobering reminder that we must move quickly and fairly toward a future powered by renewable energy if we are to reap the benefits. Providing a picture of what is feasible if we start working now is one of Governor Newsom’s new goals, which is a significant move in that direction.
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