Since the passage of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) in 2006, the state has begun to reshape its economy, promoting clean energy and energy efficiency to support growth and prosperity. Californians have repeatedly expressed their strong support for these actions, both at the polls and in their personal decisions. Per capita energy use and carbon emissions in California are among the lowest in the U.S.
In 2013, as a part of the state’s effort to combat climate change, California’s 800 largest industrial facilities began tracking, reporting, and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. The state’s climate pollution reduction regulations motivate these businesses to invest to reduce emissions..
But there’s a gap in this approach. As the 6th largest economy in the world, California still uses a substantial portion of its $170 billion in annual state revenues to purchase goods and services that produce high levels of climate pollution. Californians overwhelming prefer a clean economy and the state can act to close this gap.
In 2016, a coalition of labor and environmental groups initiated Buy Clean California to advance policies that make sure California’s procurement processes for infrastructure support California’s goals to reduce climate change pollution.