Plans Under Development

Updated 3/27/2017

Learn about air quality management plans currently under development.

Draft 2017 Clean Air Plan Now Available

The Air District has released for public review a new draft air quality plan – a call to action to “Spare the Air and Cool the Climate.” The 2017 Plan aims to lead the region to a post-carbon economy, to continue progress toward attaining all State and Federal air quality standards, and to eliminate health risk disparities from exposure to air pollution among Bay Area communities.

2017 Plan: Spare the Air, Cool the Climate

Climate change represents a profound threat to our health and well-being. If left unchecked, climate change will have major impacts on the region’s natural systems, water supply, economy, and infrastructure. A hotter climate will also degrade air quality, thus compromising the health of Bay Area residents. As atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to increase, the negative impacts of climate change are expected to deepen and accelerate.

Economic progress in the modern era has been powered by cheap and abundant energy from fossil fuels. Combustion of fossil fuels is the primary source of air pollution that adversely effects public health and of the greenhouse gases that change the climate. To protect public health and stabilize the climate, we must move quickly to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuel combustion and embark on the transition to a post-carbon economy.

A Vision of the Future: Year 2050

To achieve the deep emission reductions needed to protect public health and protect the climate, we must address fundamental causes and focus on the core activities we engage in – as a region and individually. These activities include where and how we live, how we travel, what we produce, and how and what we consume. By 2050, we envision that here, in the Bay Area:

  • We will be powered by clean, renewable electricity. We will be a leading incubator and producer of clean energy technologies, and Bay Area industry will lead the world in the carbon-efficiency of our products.
  • We will bicycle, walk and take transit for the majority of our trips. We will have autonomous public transit fleets that offer fixed-route and flexible-route service. When we do drive, we will travel by a combination of electric vehicles, both shared and privately-owned.
  • We will live, work, learn, shop and socialize in buildings that are energy efficient, and that are heated, cooled, and powered by renewable energy.
  • We will practice a low-carbon lifestyle. We will further reduce our personal GHG footprint by eating low-carbon foods and purchasing goods and services with low carbon content. We will re-use and recycle our waste and put our organic waste to productive use.

A Plan of Action: Year 2017

The 2017 Plan includes a wide range of proposed “control measures” - actions to reduce combustion-related activities, decrease fossil fuel combustion, improve energy efficiency, and decrease emissions of potent greenhouse gases. Numerous measures reduce multiple pollutants: ozone, particulate matter, air toxics, and greenhouse gases. Others focus on a single type of pollutant – super GHG’s like methane and black carbon – or are progressive actions to remove harmful particles in the air.

Highlights of the draft 2017 control strategy include:

  • Limit Combustion: Develop a region-wide strategy to improve fossil fuel combustion efficiency at industrial facilities, beginning with the three largest sources of industrial emissions: oil refineries, power plants, and cement plants.
  • Stop Methane Leaks: Reduce methane emissions from landfills, and oil and natural gas production and distribution.
  • Reduce Exposure to Toxics: Reduce emissions of toxic air contaminants by adopting more stringent limits and methods for evaluating toxic risks at existing and new facilities.
  • Put a Price on Driving: Implement pricing measures to reduce travel demand.
  • Advance Electric Vehicles: Accelerate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
  • Promote Clean Fuels: Promote the use of clean fuels and low or zero carbon technologies in trucks and heavy-duty vehicles.
  • Accelerate Low Carbon Buildings: Expand the production of low-carbon, renewable energy by promoting on-site technologies such as rooftop solar and ground-source heat pumps.
  • Support More Energy Choices: Support of community choice energy programs throughout the Bay Area.
  • Make Buildings More Efficient: Promote energy efficiency in both new and existing buildings.
  • Make Space and Water Heating Cleaner: Promote the switch from natural gas to electricity for space and water heating in Bay Area buildings.

Detailed descriptions of all the actions the Air District, and its partner agencies, are proposing to take in order to reduce emissions of ozone precursors, particulate matter, TACs, and greenhouse gases are available in Volume 2 of the draft 2017 Clean Air Plan, or by individual sector:

Additional documents associated with the draft 2017 Plan are:

Updated 3/27/2017

Draft Environmental Impact Report

The Air District has released for public review a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report on the 2017 Plan. The 45-day public review period is from February 17, 2017, through 5:00 PM on April 3, 2017.

The Air District held a public comment session on this draft EIR on Monday, March 20, at 4:30 PM in the Yerba Buena Room at 375 Beale Street in San Francisco.  An archived copy of the webcast is provided in the table below.

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3/20/2017Public Comment Session on the Draft Program EIR for the 2017 Clean Air PlanAgenda

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Public Comment Session on the Draft Program EIR for the 2017 Clean Air Plan

Date & Time:
Monday, March 20
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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375 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
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2017 Clean Air Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report

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375 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


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Other Documents

2017 Clean Air Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report


Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on April 3 via mail or email to:

Josh Pollak
Environmental Planner
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94105
 | 415.749.4989

If you are commenting on behalf of an agency or organization, please indicate a contact person for your agency or organization.

In June 2016, the Air District released a Notice of Preparation and Initial Study for preparation of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for the 2017 Plan. On July 14, 2016, the Air District held a scoping meetingat its Bay Area Metro Center Headquarters to discuss this document and solicit public comment.

Public Workshops / Open Houses

The Air District hosted eight open housesbetween January 30 and February 8, 2017, |also available:Spanish|Vietnamese|Tagalog|Chinese|to provide the public an opportunity to learn about the Air District’s 2017 Plan.

The Air District held a public workshop in February 2014 to begin the process of updating the 2010 Clean Air Plan. An archived webcast of the workshop is available.  

Six open houses were also held in January and February of 2016 to provide the public with information about the Air District’s 2017 Plan.

Contact Us

Clean Air Plan
Christy Riviere
Principal Environmental Planner
 | 415.749.4925

Regional Climate Protection Strategy
David Burch
Principal Environmental Planner
 | 415-749-4641

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Last Updated: 3/27/2017