Newsom Announces Ambitious Climate Roadmap to
Net-Zero Carbon by 2045


SACRAMENTO — Today, Governor Newsom announced his ambitious California Climate Plan and Roadmap to 2045. (See below) This far-reaching plan envisions a California in 2045 that has reduced it’s consumption of fossil fuels by 94% and it’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 85%.

Significantly, in the near-term, he expects our state to install six million heat pumps by 2030reduce GHG emissions by 48% over 1990 levels in 2030; and has passed regulations that bans the sale of all internal combustion engines in vehicles by 2035.

Please know CAL SMACNA is working on all elements of this plan that will impact the sheet metal and HVAC industry in California. This includes impacts on the HVAC industry use of current refrigerants, energy-efficiency Title 24 building codes, acceleration of heatpump technology/installations and vehicle fleet purchasing and operations.

The CAL SMACNA Executive Committee and Board of Directors is committed to vigorously advocating on behalf of your business on these matters and more in 2023.

Also, a reminder that we are hosting a Day at the Capitol on February 6-7, 2023. Please register HERE and meet with your state representatives on these and other matters impacting your company.

If you should have questions or need additional information please feel free to contact Chris Walker at (916) 363-7460.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Governor’s Press Office: (916) 445-4571

California Releases World’s First Plan to Achieve Net Zero Carbon Pollution

Following Governor Newsom’s call for more ambitious climate action, state’s climate plan would create 4 million new jobs, slash greenhouse gas emissions by 85%, and cut oil usage by 94%

Amid global climate talks, the Scoping Plan lays out world’s first detailed pathway to carbon neutrality by 2045, as signed into law by Governor Newsom earlier this year

Today, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its updated proposal to implement the most ambitious climate action of any jurisdiction in the world, taking unprecedented steps to drastically slash pollution and accelerate the transition to clean energy. No economy in the world, much less the soon-to-be 4th largest, has put forth such a comprehensive roadmap to reach carbon neutrality. 

This updated plan follows Governor Gavin Newsom’s push to move faster to achieve new, ambitious climate goals, setting new targets for renewable energy, clean buildings, carbon removal, and clean fuels in the transportation sector. If adopted by CARB, this plan will be a critical component of Governor Newsom’s California Climate Commitment – a set of world-leading actions to build out a 100% clean energy grid, achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, ramp up carbon removal and sequestration, protect Californians from harmful oil drilling, and invest $54 billion to forge an oil-free future while building sustainable communities throughout the state.

The updated Scoping Plan would achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, in addition to: 

  • Cutting air pollution by 71%;
  • Slashing greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2045;
    • That includes a 48% reduction of greenhouse gasses by 2030, surpassing the statutory mandate to reduce emissions 40% below 1990 levels in 2030;
  • Reducing fossil fuel consumption to less than one-tenth of what we use today, a 94% drop in demand for oil and 86% drop in demand for all fossil fuels;
  • Creating 4 million new jobs;
  • Saving Californians $200 billion in health costs due to pollution.

“California is drastically cutting our dependence on fossil fuels and cleaning our air – this plan is a comprehensive roadmap to achieve a pollution-free future,” said Governor Newsom. “It’s the most ambitious set of climate goals of any jurisdiction in the world, and if adopted, it’ll spur an economic transformation akin to the industrial revolution. While big polluters focus on increasing their profits at our expense, California is protecting communities, creating jobs and accelerating our transition to clean energy.”

The plan would also raise the stakes for clean energy and climate resiliency, calling for: 

  • At least 20 GW offshore wind capacity built by 2045;
  • 3 million climate-friendly homes by 2030 and 7 million by 2035;
  • 6 million heat pumps deployed by 2030;
  • Carbon removal/capture targets of 20 million metric tons CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2e) by 2030 and 100 MMTCO2e by 2045;
  • Achieve 20% non-combustion in the aviation sector by 2045, with the remaining demand met with sustainable aviation fuel;
  • Light-duty vehicle miles traveled (VMT) target of 25% per capita below 1990 levels by 2030 and 30% per capita below 1990 levels by 2045.

Today’s release follows the latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory, showing that 2020 had the steepest recorded drop in pollution in California history due to the pandemic, and including updated data showing California reached its 2020 climate targets six years ahead of schedule in 2014 rather than the initially estimated four.