Broad Coalition Supports Bonta Climate Bill to Add “Buy Clean” Requirement on Infrastructure Work
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) has introduced the Buy Clean California Act, AB 262, which will require state entities to evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions of products purchased with state funds, in a first-of-its-kind effort to address climate pollution associated with public infrastructure work. California’s steel producers have joined forces with clean air advocates and labor unions to support the bill adding a “Buy Clean” mandate to state procurement rules.
“This is a powerful example of unity from business, labor and environmental interests to protect our environment from dangerous carbon emissions,” said Bonta. “California has been a leader in fighting climate change and AB 262 will further demonstrate our resolve by requiring our state government to consider whether products were made in clean or dirty factories when making infrastructure purchases.”
The Buy Clean California Act, Joint Authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), will help reduce the climate pollution associated with California’s purchase of industrial products, like cement, steel and glass. Many industrial producers already comply with California’s strict emissions rules under the state’s aggressive climate protection goals.
“By focusing the buying power of California’s budget, of which approximately $10 billion goes to infrastructure each year, AB 262 will help ensure a thriving market exists for low-carbon industrial products,” said Bonta. “We’re proud to join companies such as Apple and Google and others like the US Navy that are already implementing similar ‘Buy Clean’ programs.”
The Buy Clean California Act requires companies to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions that would be created by the production of materials for a state infrastructure project. It further requires the state to develop a formula to comparatively assess the emissions associated with designated building materials, and strive to purchase those materials with the lowest emissions.
AB 262 will reward clean manufacturing regardless of its origin, and ensure California tax dollars are spent in a manner consistent with our state environmental values.
“A ‘Buy Clean’ policy makes sense for the environment, for the economy, and for the state,” said Kathryn Phillips, Director, Sierra Club California. “It will cut greenhouse gas emissions over the long-term, and make sure the state is spending in a way that matches Californians’ environmental values.”
For more information on Buy Clean, visit www.buycleancalifornia.org.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.