CARB says it will implement corporate emissions disclosure law

By Blanca Begert | 03/21/2024 06:49 AM EDT

California Gov. Gavin Newsom didn’t include funding for the rule in his budget proposal, but regulators are preparing to implement it.

SACRAMENTO, California — California’s top climate regulator said Tuesday that the state plans to implement its first-in-the-nation corporate emissions reporting law despite legal and funding obstacles.

California Air Resources Board Chair Liane Randolph said she thought S.B. 253 would receive funding to require large corporations doing business in the state to publicize their greenhouse gas emissions, although she stopped short of saying the agency would be able to enforce it starting in 2026.

“At the end of the day, we’re assuming that we will get funded and we will be able to do some hiring and we will be able to get going,” Randolph said at a conference Tuesday put on by The Climate Center. “Already the leadership within the agency is thinking about, OK, what are we going to need? What are the steps we’re going to take?”


The law’s author, state Sen. Scott Wiener, also expressed certainty that the law would be implemented. “I am confident that S.B. 253 and other bills that were done last year are going to be funded,” he said on the panel, moderated by POLITICO.