ENCINITAS APPROVES GOLD-STANDARD CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

In January 2018, the Council unanimously approved a gold-standard Climate Action Plan. Because of the robustness of its measurements and ability to monitor outcomes, it ranks as one of the region's most ambitious Climate Action Plans. 

The core premise is to do our fair share in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Part of our strategy is to comply with the state mandates that move us in the right direction. But to reach our targets, we go beyond and achieve a 41% reduction by 2030 by effecting several areas that emit the most GHGs, including clean energy, clean and efficient transportation and zero waste. You can see by the graph below, what our targets are and the chart below that shows the breakdown by category of our baseline 2012 sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

 Most of our GHGs come from energy and on-road transportation.

Most of our GHGs come from energy and on-road transportation.

And more importantly, our Climate Action Plan makes it clear how we will achieve those targets. Here is an example from Renewable Energy, where you see that we get our largest reductions from moving to 100% clean energy through Community Choice Energy. We have funded a CCE technical feasibility study together with Del Mar, Carlsbad and Oceanside. You can see that we not only say what we will do, but how we will get there. We have both the political will and the ability to implement.

 This is just one of seven area the City of Encinitas has committed to changing to reduce GHGS and fight climate change. You can see that Community Choice Energy has one of the biggest impacts in reducing our GHGS.

This is just one of seven area the City of Encinitas has committed to changing to reduce GHGS and fight climate change. You can see that Community Choice Energy has one of the biggest impacts in reducing our GHGS.

I am thankful to our Climate Action Plan Administrator, Crystal Najera, our Environmental Commission Subcommittee of Amy Flicker and Jim Wang as well as all the people who came out in the many workshops and public hearing to provide input to this ambitious and achievable Climate Action Plan! Stay tuned for the individual measures that will be coming before Council in the next months and years.