March 2019

CARB to hold consumer product regulatory workshop April 20; shareholder input sought

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is holding a “Consumer Products 2020 Regulation Workshop” on April 12, 9am-noon, Pacific Time. During the workshop, CARB staff will discuss possible volatile organic compound (VOC) reduction opportunities suggested by the Consumer & Commercial Product Survey (Survey) data, and solicit stakeholder ideas for potential new regulatory strategies. It can be visited on-site at 1001 I Street Sacramento, CA, or via webinar. To register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3095269665326381837?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

Over the past 30 years, CARB has taken actions to reduce emissions and the reactivity of over 120 categories of consumer products. These regulations have cumulatively reduced VOC emissions by about 50%. Despite this progress, consumer product emissions are projected to increase in the years ahead as California’s population continues to grow.

The 2016 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan (State Strategy) requires CARB develop measures to reduce consumer product VOC emissions by 1-2 tons per day by 2023 (tpd) and 4-5 tpd by 2031, respectively, in the South Coast Air Basin, and 8-10 tpd by 2031 Statewide. At this workshop, CARB staff will discuss possible emission reduction opportunities suggested by the Consumer & Commercial Product Survey (Survey) data, and solicit stakeholder ideas for potential new regulatory strategies. Staff will also discuss options for translating the Survey data into an updated emission inventory, the proposed rulemaking timeline and additional opportunities for public input.