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BAC’s Comments on ARB’s Technology Assessment for Fuels

In September 2014, the California Air Resources Board presented its draft Technology Assessment for fuels.  Read BAC’s Comments on the draft assessment, urging CARB to include organic waste based fuels in its comparison of the relative emissions benefits of different transportation fuel options.    BAC Comments on Technology Assessment

AB 32 Scoping Plan Update

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In May 2014, the California Air Resources Board adopted the first five-year update to its Climate Change Scoping Plan under AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act.  The purpose of the Update is to describe progress to date, provide an integrated framework for measures going forward, provide an update on climate science and particularly the role of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, and identify priorities for research and investment going forward.

 

BAC Comments on AB 32 Scoping Plan Update

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Comments on the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update

The Bioenergy Association of California appreciates the opportunity to comment on the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update Draft and the very open, participatory process the Air Board has provided to develop the Draft. There are several important additions to the Draft Update, including the increased focus on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, the heavy-duty vehicle sector, opportunities for ultra low carbon and carbon-negative transportation fuels, and opportunities to reduce emissions from the solid waste sector.  There are also several important omissions that we urge the Board to address before finalizing the Scoping Plan Update. Each of these is described more fully in the attached Comments.

CalRecycle Paper on Anaerobic Digestion

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The primary focus of this paper is to identify opportunities and potential solutions for capturing organic materials that are currently landfilled and putting this material to a more beneficial use as feedstock for composting and anaerobic digestion. Successfully capturing a significant portion of this material for composting or anaerobic digestion is essential to ensure the success of meeting California’s waste diversion and GHG reduction goals. In the sections that follow, staff describes how organic waste is processed in California, what happens with the end-use materials, what are California’s waste reduction targets and the associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions benefits, what are the challenges in meeting and exceeding these targets, the potential solutions to these challenges, and next steps for evaluating the future of composting and anaerobic digestion in achieving Assembly Bill (AB) 32 and waste reduction goals.

BAC Comments on Solid Waste Sector of AB 32 Scoping Plan

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Comments on Waste Sector Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emmissions

The Bioenergy Association of California appreciates the opportunity to comment on CalRecycle’s Draft Waste Management Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are very grateful for CalRecycle’s leadership in developing this plan and providing an opportunity for public input early in the process. The Draft Plan provides a helpful framework for the solid waste sector. We offer the recommendations below on the findings and strategies related to bioenergy development in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the solid waste sector.

Forest Bioenergy Reduces Air Pollution Emissions

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Emission Reductions from Woody Biomass Waste for Energy as an Alternative to Open Burning

Woody biomass waste is generated throughout California from forest management, hazardous fuel reduction, and agricultural operations. Open pile burning in the vicinity of generation is frequently the only economic disposal option. A framework is developed to quantify air emissions reductions for projects that alternatively utilize biomass waste as fuel for energy production.

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