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GHG Analysis Approaches after the Newhall Ranch Decision
In December 2015, we issued an AscentShare email providing initial thoughts on the California Supreme Court’s decision in Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the potential “pathways to compliance” it offered to lead agencies. In the months since this decision, Ascent has developed and tested applications of quantitative and qualitative approaches intended to comply with the Court’s direction. An informational paper about greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis method choices has been prepared, as promised in December. We offer a practitioner’s view of the implications of the Court’s suggested compliance pathways on the practice of GHG analysis in CEQA documents.  

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Poonam Boparai
Senior Air Quality and
Climate Change Specialist
858.354.4151 / vCard

Honey Walters
Principal / Climate Change,
Air Quality, and Noise Practice
916.930.3184 / vCard
In CBD v. CDFW, the Court overturned the Newhall Ranch EIR, because it lacked substantial evidence to support the conclusion that a specific development project’s achievement of the Scoping Plan’s statewide average reduction goal below “business as usual” (BAU) was sufficient to determine the individual project’s GHG emission to be less than significant. CEQA approaches for GHG analysis are rapidly evolving, because of this decision, recent executive orders, and policy updates. Analysis approaches are also being explored by others. A goal of this paper is to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about how CEQA practice would respond to this evolution.

On April 5th, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon, at the Association of Environmental Professionals State Conference in San Diego, Ascent's Poonam Boparai and Honey Walters will discuss the GHG CEQA approaches on a panel along with case examples from the County of San Diego (Laurel Lees), City of San Diego (Kerry Santoro), and San Diego Unified Port District (Jason Giffen).

If you have questions, please contact Poonam Boparai, Senior Air Quality and Climate Change Specialist, 858.354.4151, or Honey Walters, Principal, 916.930.3184.
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