Carbon Farming Task Force
HB 1578 was signed into law as Act 33, SLH 2017 (“Act 33”) by Governor David Ige in 2017 at the conclusion of the Twenty-Ninth Regular Session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. Act 33’s purpose is to establish a Carbon Farming Task Force (“Task Force”) within the Office of Planning (“OP”) to identify agricultural, aquacultural, and agroforestry practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration in the state’s agricultural, aquacultural, and agroforestry sectors.
Act 33 is a step towards meeting Governor Ige’s Hawaiʻi Sustainability Initiatives and achieving Hawaiʻi’s statewide commitment to integrated sustainability goals by 2030 for clean energy, local food, natural resource management, solid waste, smart sustainable communities, and green education and workforce.
The Task Force is currently comprised of 15 members, as set forth in Act 33, and the Director of OP will serve as its chair. Other members of the Task Force include representatives from relevant state agencies, the four counties, the nonprofit sector, private associations, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa.
The Task Force will submit a draft report of its findings and recommendations to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2023 and will submit a final report no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2025. Under Act 33, the Task Force will cease to exist on June 30, 2025.