California Energy Policy Simulator Insights: Current Emissions Trajectory, Policy Opportunities To Reach 2030 Emissions Reduction Goal

California met its 2020 economy-wide goal of reducing emissions below 1990 levels in 2016, and is now working toward a 2030 goal of reducing emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels. Using the California Energy Policy Simulator, this report finds existing climate policies will reduce the state’s 2030 emissions by more than 100 million metric tons, but leave emissions between 13-43 million metric tons above the 2030 target. The report also identifies six preferred policies that together reach California’s 2030 target, generate $7.5 billion in direct economic benefits, and yield an estimated $22 billion in health and climate impacts.