California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Climate Change and Solid Waste Management

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program

Program News...
  • Available Funds: $7,250,000 (estimated) as of October 6, 2017
  • Interest Rate: 4.0%
  • For updates, send an email to

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Loan Program provides funds to support new or expanded organics infrastructure, such as composting and anaerobic digestion facilities, as well as for facilities that manufacture fiber, plastic or glass waste materials into beneficial products. The purpose of this investment is to further the purposes of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (Assembly Bill 32), reduce methane emissions from landfills and further GHG reductions in upstream resource management and manufacturing processes; benefit disadvantaged communities by upgrading existing facilities and, where warranted, establishing new facilities that reduce GHG emissions; result in air and water quality improvements; and create jobs.

This program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment— particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.

The GHG Loan Program supports Assembly Bill 32 (Statutes of 2006) that requires the Air Resources Board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990 to be achieved by 2020. The program also assists local jurisdictions in achieving or assuring continued compliance with several mandates:

The GHG Loan Program statutes are located in Public Resources Code sections 42995-42999. The GHG loan criteria for fiscal year (FY) 2015–16 were approved on October 15, 2015.


Join the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs Listserv to be notified by email for program updates and when funding becomes available.

Cycle-Specific Information

Current Cycles

Past Cycles

  • FY 2014–15
    • Cycle 1C: Closed
    • Cycle 1B: Closed
    • Cycle 1A: Closed

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Last updated: May 12, 2017
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