Bay Area Regional Climate Action Planning Initiative

Learn about and participate in the Bay Area Regional Climate Action Planning Initiative for the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA.

Overview

The Air District has received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grant program, or CPRG, to lead an eight-county climate action planning process to position the region to compete for $4.3 billion in implementation funding available in early 2024. This planning effort will identify specific, implementation-ready climate measures in a couple of high-priority sectors that provide significant greenhouse gas, or GHG, reductions and benefit frontline communities. 

The result will be a Priority Climate Action Plan, or PCAP, comprised of the GHG reduction measures, supporting analyses, and a GHG inventory, that is due to the U.S. EPA by March 1, 2024. Once submitted, eligible applicants can apply for funding to implement measures in the PCAP. Funding applications are due to the U.S. EPA by April 1, 2024. The EPA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the implementation grants in September 2023.

Priority Measure Descriptions for inclusion in the PCAP

The measure descriptions will be incorporated into the larger PCAP document.

The CPRG grant also funds development of a longer-term Comprehensive Climate Action Plan, or CCAP, which will be the focus of efforts beginning next year.

The Air District has convened an Advisory Work Group of regional agency, county, and city staff to help coordinate development of the PCAP and CCAP. Members  include other regional agencies (Bay Area Regional Collaborative, the Association of Bay Area Governments’ Bay Area Renewable Energy Network [BayREN], and Metropolitan Transportation Commission), the cities named in the metro area designation for the planning effort (City and County of San Francisco, City of Oakland, and City of Berkeley), and the counties comprising the designated metro area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco, and the southern portions of Sonoma and Solano counties). The Air District is coordinating with the region’s other EPA-designated metro area planning effort, which includes Santa Clara County.

The CPRG program will advance the goals of the Justice40 Initiative set forth in Executive Order 14008, which aims to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of relevant federal investments to disadvantaged communities. Air District staff developed a mapping tool to help identify communities that are considered frontline communities for the purpose of the CPRG planning effort: Bay Area Regional Climate Action Planning Initiative's Frontline Communities Map (arcgis.com). (The U.S. EPA refers to these communities as low-income and disadvantaged communities, or LIDACs.) The map represents the results of different environmental justice screening tools from federal, state, regional, and local governments.

Events and Resources

Working Sessions

The Advisory Working Group, Roundtable members, and other stakeholders participated in a series of sessions with the aim of solidifying and finalizing the PCAP measures.

  • Session 1 - October 27, 2023
    • Agenda
    • Presentation
  • Session 2 - November 8, 2023
    • Agenda
    • Presentation
  • Session 3 - November 30, 2023
    • Agenda
    • Presentation
  • Session 4 - December 13, 2023
    • Agenda
    • Presentation

Public Workshop - November 14, 2023

On November 14, the Air District will hold a (virtual) Public Workshop to learn about the Bay Area Regional Climate Action Plan – an effort funded through an EPA Climate Pollution Reduction Grant. In addition to the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss this effort in breakout groups. Slides and a recording of the presentation will be posted to the Air District’s website after the event. 

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 14, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Attendees can register to join on the Workshops page.

Background Webinar on the BARCAP Project - October 17, 2023

Timeline:

  • Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) – Final Plan Submitted to U.S. EPA by March 1, 2024
  • Funding Implementation Application – Applications due to U.S. EPA by April 1, 2024
  • Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) – Final Plan Submitted to U.S. EPA in September 2025
  • Status Report – Submitted to U.S. EPA in June 2027

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Last Updated: 2/7/2024