Climate Protection Planning Program

Learn about the Climate Protection Planning Program and its work to set the region on the path toward a carbon-free future.

2030 and 2050 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

The Air District has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The 2050 goal was set in  a resolution adopted by the Air District Board of Directors in 2013, while the 2017 Clean Air Plan set the nearer-term 2030 goal.

2017 Clean Air Plan

The Air District’s 2017 Clean Air Plan is a roadmap for the Air District’s efforts over the next few years to reduce air pollution and protect public health and the global climate. The 2017 Plan identifies potential rules, programs, and strategies to reduce GHG emissions and other harmful air pollutants in the Bay Area. The 2017 Plan complements and supports other important regional and state planning efforts, including Plan Bay Area and the State of California’s 2030 Scoping Plan.

This Plan lays out 85 distinct control measures to decrease fossil fuel combustion, improve energy efficiency, and decrease emissions of potent GHGs and other pollutants. Numerous measures reduce multiple pollutants simultaneously, while others focus on a single type of pollutant - for example, “super-GHGs” like methane and black carbon. The Air District’s thoughts on early implementation priorities are discussed in Chapter 5 of the Plan.

Collaboration with Local Governments

Local governments play a critical role in enacting on-the-ground policies and programs that reduce GHG emissions, and are thus key partners in implementing the Air District’s Climate Protection Planning Program.

The Air District provides extensive technical assistance to local governments. Examples include:

  • guidance and training to assist with community-wide GHG inventories and to develop and implement local climate action plans,
  • funding for developing and implementing local policies and projects to reduce GHG emissions,
  • assistance with development and adoption of model ordinances and best practices,
  • providing tools and data to increase knowledge of local GHG emissions and impacts from local policies,
  • convening regional and sub-regional events to share best practices, resources, and case studies,
  • review and feedback on draft inventories and climate action plans,
  • fostering connections between state and federal agencies and local governments to facilitate policy development and funding, and
  • providing CEQA guidance – the Air District was the first regional planning agency to develop recommended thresholds of significance for GHG emissions under CEQA.

Many of the GHG reduction measures in the 2017 Plan include actions to support local efforts, such as developing model ordinances and sharing best practices, and facilitating information exchange. Going forward, the Air District will continue to work closely with local agencies to coordinate and integrate our climate protection efforts.

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Geraldina Grunbaum
Senior Environmental Planner, Planning and Climate Protection


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Last Updated: 4/20/2017