Release 08-27
April 18, 2008

    Stanley Young

One-Day Symposium on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Vehicles

Representatives of Auto Industry, Government, Universities and Environmental Groups
Meet to Discuss the Future of Cars in California under AB32

SACRAMENTO-The California Air Resources Board and the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies is holding a one-day symposium to discuss approaches to reducing greenhouse gases from vehicles.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Passenger Vehicles
"What's Next?"
Monday April 21
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Byron Sher Auditorium
California EPA Headquarters Building
1001 I Street
Sacramento CA 95814

More information and full agenda is at the Highlights section of the ARB homepage: . The webcast will be available at: .

Background: Passenger vehicles account for 30% of California's total greenhouse gas emissions. For the state to achieve the reductions required under AB32, it is crucial that these emissions be addressed. Despite efforts to reduce greenhouse gases with regulations adopted under AB1493 (the Pavley regulations) by 2016, further reductions under 'Pavley II' by 2020, and the introduction of fuels with lower carbon intensity there will still be a significant shortfall. This symposium brings together a broad array of experts to discuss next steps to address this shortfall, and how to ensure that Californians can buy and drive vehicles with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Agenda: Morning panels address vehicle technology and how current greenhouse gas regulations can be strengthened using emerging technologies. Afternoon panels discuss the effectiveness of feebates in reducing GHG emissions, and other market mechanisms that can be used including pricing policies and vehicle fees proportional to a vehicle's greenhouse gas emissions. The audience will be offered the opportunity to make additional presentations and/or comments.

Participants include:

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.