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Understanding California’s new carbon capture laws

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2023 | Renewable / Sustainable Energy |

As technology changes, there are new impacts on the environment and the world around us. In some areas, the effect has become so evident that governing bodies are finding ways to take action.

Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsome signed three bills into law that will impact how the state and its businesses treat carbon waste and view their carbon footprint. These new laws aim to help the state meet significant carbon reduction and neutrality goals beginning in 2030.

Here is an overview of each of the bills expected to take effect at the beginning of 2023.

Requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Senate Bill 905 defines the responsibilities of the CARB and what it will take to create more accountability regarding carbon capture, removal, utilization and storage. Among the provisions in the bill, the law includes:

  • Adopting regulations for permit applications for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) projects
  • Developing a public database for CCUS and CDR technologies
  • Ensuring CCUS and CDR projects include monitoring activities

This bill will also include providing notice of CCUS projects and ongoing monitoring of implementation and progress toward carbon goals.

Enhanced oil recovery

Some carbon dioxide capture projects result in a concentrated carbon dioxide fluid. Senate Bill 1314 creates a prohibition on injecting concentrated carbon dioxide fluid into Class II wells for enhanced oil recovery.

Carbon sinks

Part of reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere is carbon sequestration. Natural and artificial carbon sinks are one way to reduce the carbon in the atmosphere and support climate solutions.

Assembly Bill 1757 looks at carbon sequestration and requires the National Resources Agency (NRA) to integrate gas emissions targets into the California Climate change Scooping Plan. The NRA must also publish data on its website as they progress toward its targets.

The impact these new laws will have on businesses and consumers is yet to be determined. How do you think these new laws will impact your business or livlihood? What litigation will arise from this new legislation? The future is rife with possiblities.



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