Nov04

9/11: GLOBE UK hosts California State Senate President Sen. Kevin de León

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9/11: GLOBE UK hosts California State Senate President Sen. Kevin de León

Architect of California's landmark recent bill SB 350 on climate change and renewable energy, to speak about the climate leadership and what California model means for energy access, climate equity and success in Paris.

Senator Kevin de Leon, architect of California’s landmark recent bill SB 350 on climate change and renewable energy, will speak about climate leadership and what the California model means for energy access, climate equity and success in Paris.

California has bet on a low-carbon revolution focused on jobs, prosperity and energy access. Silicon Valley and the US clean tech industry are in the innovation vanguard. What are the lessons for the UK – and from the UK? With COP21 in Paris round the corner, this GLOBE session asks what are the expectations for a Paris Accord and climate action in 2016?

Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is the first Latino elected President pro Tempore of the California State Senate in more than 130 years. One of the highest-ranking Latino democrats in the United States, Senator de León has been a trailblazer in the Californian Senate leading the state’s low-carbon energy transformation with Governor Jerry Brown.

Climate change, environmental justice and energy access have been key themes of Senator de León’s presidency, and with his Senate Bill 350 (SB 350) signed into law on 7th October 2015, Senator de León has enacted California’s most far-reaching climate change and clean energy legislation. In the teeth of a record-breaking drought, Senator de Leon brought business, political and community leaders behind a bold and far-sighted plan to address environmental and economic challenges together generating jobs, prosperity and climate security by 2030.

The landmark SB 350 bill will set a 50 percent renewable energy standard for the state’s utilities and doubling of building energy efficiency, both by 2030 – taking the state to meeting its goal of 80% GHG emissions reductions by 2050.

More at: http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate