Title: USA - California Cap-and-Trade Program

Language: English

Type: Project Summary

Nature: Website

Published: January 18, 2024

Region: North America (NA)

Country: United States

Topic: Emission Reduction Program

Keywords: Emission Reduction Program **

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Document Summary:

The official website of ICAP provides details for the USA - California Cap-and-Trade Program.

Document Details:

The California Cap-and-Trade Program began operation in 2012 with the opening of its tracking system for allocation, auction distribution, and trading of compliance instruments. Compliance obligations started in January 2013. The program covers ~75% of the state’s GHG emissions.

The program covers ~400 facilities and emissions from the power, industrial, transport, and buildings sectors. Allowances are distributed via a combination of auction, free allocation, and free allocation with consignment. The proceeds from auctioning are reinvested in projects that reduce emissions, strengthening the economy, public health, and the environment, especially in disadvantaged communities.

The California Cap-and-Trade Program is implemented under the authority of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). California has been part of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) since 2007 and formally linked its program with Québec’s in January 2014.

Updated: January 18, 2024