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CEQA and Climate Change Advisory

Status:Comments on draft are due no later than March 15th

On December 28, 2018, OPR released a discussion draft update to their 2008 advisory suggesting relevant ways to address climate change in CEQA analyses. This discussion draft incorporates developments since 2008, including the regulatory changes made to the CEQA Guidelines in late 2018 by the Agency.

 Specifically, OPR seeks input to the following questions:

  • Are there any important points that OPR missed that should be addressed?
  • Do you have any suggestions on how to clarify the topics that were addressed?

Input may be submitted electronically to Comments are due Friday, March 15 at 5:00 pm.


The CEQA and Climate Change Advisory discussion draft updates OPR’s approach to GHG emissions. The draft restates the general three-step methodology for analyzing GHG emissions.  First, determine a method for quantifying or describing a project’s GHG emissions (including construction and operational emissions), and determine their amounts, types, and sources.  Second, determine whether the emissions cause a significant impact on climate change based on their individual contribution to global emissions (basically: cumulative impact analysis).  Finally, if the GHG impacts are potentially significant, the agency must analyze and impose all feasible mitigation measures needed to reduce to a less-than-significant level.


More Info:Agency Website