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SACRAMENTO CLIMATE ACTION PLAN UPDATE

Sacramento’s first community Climate Action Plan (CAP) was a stand-alone document that was adopted in 2012 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. In 2015 the CAP was incorporated into the 2035 General Plan.

The City of Sacramento is updating the Sacramento Climate Action Plan in tandem with the 2040 General Plan Update process.  A preliminary draft Climate Action Plan will be released for a 30-day early review on July 1, 2022, with the full draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), 2040 General Plan and Master Environmental Impact Report (MEIR), anticipated for a 45-day review in Fall 2022. 

The Community Development Department and the City’s Office of Climate Action and Sustainability are already implementing key greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction measures from the forthcoming CAAP, including the New Building Electrification Ordinance, Existing Building Electrification Strategy, and Onsite Water Reuse and Dual Plumbing Study.

Periodically, the City of Sacramento conducts an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) produced by the Sacramento community to track progress towards climate action goals. The GHG inventories count emissions from residential and commercial electricity and natural gas usage; transportation emissions from vehicles, electricity used for water delivery, and GHG’s from wastewater treatment and solid waste decomposition and transport within City limits.

Inventories from 2005, 2011, and 2016 demonstrate a steady reduction in GHG emissions over time, including the achievement of the City’s 2020 target to reduce GHG emissions 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, as shown below.

Historic GHG Emissions by Year and Source (MTCO2e )

 

The City of Sacramento met its 2020 climate goal in 2016.  Between 2005 and 2016, community wide emissions decreased from 4,235,000 metric tons (MT) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) to 3,424,700 MT CO2e - a reduction of over 19%.  Per capita emissions have decreased over 26% demonstrating that even though the city has grown substantially since 2005, emissions have decreased at a more rapid rate.

Per Capita GHG Emissions over Time

The updated CAAP anticipates the establishment of the following GHG reduction targets:

2030 CLIMATE ACTION TARGET: Reduce Sacramento’s per capita GHG emissions to 3.63 MT CO2e per person by 2030, equal to 63 percent below 1990 levels. In mass emissions, this equates to achieving emissions less than 2,160,128 MT CO2e in 2030.

2045 CLIMATE ACTION GOAL: Reduce Sacramento’s per capita GHG emissions to net zero MT CO2e per person by 2045, equal to 100 percent below 1990 levels.

The CAAP will meet the criteria for a "qualified GHG reduction plan."  Essentially, this means that the plan 1) Quantifies existing and projected GHG emission within the plan area; 2) Establishes a reduction target based on SB 32; 3) Identifies and analyzes sector-specific GHG emissions from plan activities; 4) Specifies policies and actions (measures) that Sacramento will enact and implement over time to achieve the specific reduction target ; 5) Establishes a tool to monitor progress and amend if necessary, and 6) Adopt the plan in a public process following environmental review. As a qualified greenhouse gas reduction plan, the CAAP will provide important CEQA streamlining benefits for infill development.  By adopting a qualified GHG reduction plan, the City will provide new construction with a viable pathway through CEQA and ensure that new development will meet the long-term goals of the City in a cost-effective manner.

outreach

The development of the CAAP was driven by community input at various levels through multiple years of outreach and engagement which was conducted as part of the 2040 General Plan/Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Update.  Community engagement by the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change was conducted in a parallel process, which has also helped to shape the CAAP.

In order to reach a wide audience from all parts of Sacramento’s diverse community, the City employed a suite of outreach and engagement strategies. These included multiple iterations of in person workshops, pop-up events, working groups, virtual workshops, and a scientific survey. Of these many and varied events, the primary outreach events which provided feedback specific to the CAAP were the citywide workshops, youth engagement and workshops, environmental justice working group, interest-based focus groups, and the scientific survey.

A central tenet of the CAAP is to ensure that implementation does not result in unintended costs for under-resourced communities and that co-benefits are equitable and distributed throughout the community. GHG reduction measures were evaluated for equity impacts by the 2040 General Plan Environmental Justice Working Group.

What's Next?

Release of Preliminary Draft Climate Action Plan

A preliminary draft Climate Action Plan will be released for a 30-day early review on July 1, 2022

City Council Workshop on Accelerating Carbon Neutrality

City Council will hold a discussion about accelerating carbon neutrality in advance of the CAP's target date of 2045.  This City Council workshop is scheduled for  Tuesday, August 16, 2022.  View City Council meeting schedules and materials 

Connect with Us

Submit comments on the Preliminary Draft Climate Action Plan (comment period from July 1 to July 30)

 

Contact staff:
cap@cityofsacramento.org

Sign up to receive updates from the Office of Climate Action and Sustainability

Sign up to receive updates on the Sacramento 2040 General Plan and Climate Action Plan Update

 

Join an upcoming event:

Find City events on the City of Sacramento's community calendar.

 

Previous Meetings and Events

Office of Climate Action and Sustainability - meetings and events

Planning and Design Commission – August 13, 2020

Report

Presentation

2040 General Plan/CAAP Update - View previous outreach here.

Other Resources

Want to get more informed about climate change? Here are some resources to check out!

Mayor's Commission on Climate Change Final Report 

In June 2020, the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change completed a two-year effort and issued a comprehensive final report with recommendations on how the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento can achieve carbon-zero by 2045.  The report includes carbon-zero strategies and recommendations for the built environment, mobility, and community health and resiliency.

Capitol Region Climate Readiness Collaborative

The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRC) is a multidisciplinary network of local and regional agencies, organizations, businesses and associations working together to advance climate mitigation and adaptation efforts in their own communities and throughout California’s Capital Region. Sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on recent news, science, and initiatives happening in your community and across California.

California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment

California’s Climate Change Assessments contribute to the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability at the local scale and informing resilience actions, while also directly informing State policies, plans, programs, and guidance, to promote effective and integrated action to safeguard California from climate change. (Hot tip: Check out the Statewide Summary Report and the Sacramento Valley Regional Report!)

Cal-Adapt

Explore the Cal-Adapt tool to see how different climate change-related impacts will affect our community. Cal-Adapt uses science from the most recent California Climate Change Assessment to produce map-based tools and downloadable data sheets in a variety of forms.

National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences. (Check out the Report Highlights for a concise version of the full report!)