California imposes restrictions for combustion engine

According to the several reports, California aims to ban the sales of new combustion engine cars by 2035. California is one of the famous and biggest states in the US. In fact, the policies that impose restrictions to sell combustion engine cars are not new.

For instance, Paris is also intended to ban the sales of combustion engine automobiles in 2030. Another example is that the UK announced the similar policy. Of course, there are several reasons behind those policies. However, we can easily imagine that one of them is to tackle climate change. Policy makers and organizations cannot help but take actions now.

Gross State Product in California

The name of California is very famous all over the world. We actually know the words relating to California. They are Hollywood, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, LA Lakers and Dodgers, Bay area, Stanford, UCLA, even Apple, Google and Facebook. Also, we know how economy in California is big. However, many of us do not know how ACCTUALLY big economy in California is.

The gross state product in California is about 3 trillion US dollar in 2019. Thus, this number is larger than that in the UK or France. If we were the management of a company, we could say that we should think of California as a country.

What is Climate Change?

According to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) , which is the United Nations body for assessing the science relating to climate change, we can see the definition of Climate Change in the following way:

A change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings, or to persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use.

Carbon Neutral in EU, Japan and China

In 2018, the European Commission announced a long-term strategic vision to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Also, it explains how to lead climate neutrality – an economy with net-zero GHG emissions. It means that Europe is trying to become the first continent to achieve this challenging objective by 2050.

When it comes to carbon neutral, the year 2020 could be turning point. This is not only because Japanese new prime minster Suga mentioned that the world third biggest economic country aims carbon neutral by 2050, but because China, which is the world second biggest economy and the biggest coal consumer, showed the intention to be carbon neutrality by 2060.

However, as we see the other article, the path for carbon neutrality is long way. As a result, more public policies are necessary to change our mindset and actions. Thus, we expect other countries and regions will take bold actions, too.