Clean Air Dialogue (CAD) Working Group

Co-Chairs: Shad Balch, General Motors & Bonnie Holmes-Gen, American Lung Association in California

Participants are drawn to the CED Clean Air Dialogue (CAD) Working Group because it is a unique forum for frank and honest discussion about California’s key air quality issues. It also produces important policy briefings as a result of the dialogue on air quality topics. The CAD is a working group of the CED Plenary that acts as an important vehicle for education and enhancement of the Plenary dialogue. Like our other working groups and committees, CAD expands the dialogue’s expertise and breadth by welcoming participants from non-CED organizations.

Companies like General Motors (GM), Chevron, and BP collaborate with environmental leaders from organizations like the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), as well as relevant state agencies, like the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the California Business, Transportation & Housing Agency (BTH), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). Together, they look for areas where consensus exists and solutions can be put forward.

The CAD Working Group’s current issue agenda includes the following:

  • Mobile Source Emissions Standards, Inspection, and Maintenance
  • Mobile Source Incentive Programs
  • Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement (VAVR) Programs
  • Goods Movement Emissions Reduction Programs
  • Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Development
  • Alternative Transportation Energy Technology Deployment
  • Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Reduction Strategies

Past achievements include:

  • In 2010, CED issued its Recommendations to Reform California’s Smog Check Program.  
  • In 2010, CED issued its Leveraging Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Resources.
  • In 2008, CED issued its Goods Movement Emissions Reduction Principles.
  • In 2006, CED issued its Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Program Principles.
  • CED members mobilized to retain and improve Smog Check Programs and help pass such needed consumer friendly reforms as low income assistance.
  • Following its genesis in CED meetings, individual CED members supported an Air Quality ballot initiative in 1998. In spite of failure at the ballot, its concept of funding the retirement of high emitting diesel engines and their replacement with newer, cleaner engines was later adopted and implemented by the Legislature and Administration.
  • CED testimony was an important factor in the California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) decision to require SUVs to meet passenger car emission standards and to tighten requirements for two stroke marine engines, including jet skis.
  • CED formed a coalition of environmental groups and corporations to exempt the state from federal oxygenate mandates-a constraint to the elimination of MTBE in gasoline. CED identified options for making gasoline safer, with fewer emissions, and has been influential at the federal and state levels on fuel related issues.
  • CED comments on proposed urban fleet rules allowed the ARB to make significant revisions before public hearings. CED is also engaged with the South Coast Air Quality Management District on its fleet rules.
  • Other issues that the working group covered include fuel container regulations, diesel reformulation, 2001 SIP proposals, reformulated gasoline, and OBD III.