This meeting will be at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. The GWSA, aka AB 32, has several important aspects of interest not only to chemical engineers, but other engineering disciplines also. The overall purpose of the Act is to reduce climate warming by essentially eliminating CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHG). It is doubtful whether there is any link between GHG concentrations and global temperature, according to many who investigate the underlying data and analysis. Even so, this landmark Act is now the law in California, and includes certain specific steps to achieve the GHG reduction goal.
Some of the industries and activities targeted by the Act include:
Transportation Fuels and Motor Vehicles
Dry Cleaning (potentially)
"Green" Building Materials
Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS)
There is a cap and trade provision that will impact many areas.
The presentation will briefly discuss the history and purpose of GWSA, the timeline and events for implementing its goals, the current situation, then focus on impacts on industry sectors, and conclude with what to expect next. Chemical engineers will have great opportunities and challenges in many industry sectors as a result of AB 32 requirements.
Mr. Sowell will discuss how the GWSA meshes with and complements other California legislation, and future federal legislation along similar lines.
Thank you to Mr. Alan E. Benson, AIChE Southern California chapter president, for extending the invitation.