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Pathways to Carbon Neutrality in California

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June 24-25, 2021

Virtual Workshop on Clean Energy Solutions that Work for Everyone

California leads the nation and much of the world in policies to mitigate climate change with a long-term target of net zero emissions by 2045. New Executive Orders ban the sale of new gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035 and establish a goal of protecting 30% of California’s lands and waters by 2030. In addition, state agencies are now required to come up with a plan in the next year to “accelerate natural removal of carbon” and store more carbon in the state’s soils.

The School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University are convening a group of experts and stakeholders to identify and discuss implications that decarbonizing will have on the major emitting sectors, the electricity grid, businesses, the private sector, and the people of California. The workshop will explore four themes over two days:

Session 1 (June 24 9:30 am - 11:30 am) Pathways to Carbon Neutrality in California
Session 2 (June 24 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm) The Carbon Neutral Grid
Session 3 (June 25 9:30 am -11:30 am) Business and the Private Sector in a Carbon Neutral California
Session 4 (June 25 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm) Social Equity and Jobs in a Carbon Neutral California

For each session, the theme will be introduced with ~5-6 short presentations, which will be followed by a 55 minute Chatham House Rules group round table discussion involving all workshop participants. ( Link to Chatham House Rule:

This is an invitation-only workshop, and attendance is limited to 50 so that everyone has a chance to provide input to the discussion. It is okay to just attend sessions of interest, however we ask that you stay for the entire session (presentation and discussion).

Sponsors: California Business Roundtable, California Cattlemen’s Association, California Chamber of Commerce, California Manufacturing and Technology Association, Western States Petroleum Association

For more details, see Workshop Agenda

As this is an invitation-only event, please note that only those on the workshop organizing committee's list will be confirmed as participants.

For any questions, please contact Sarah Saltzer at