The Planning and Community Development Department has prepared a Climate Action Plan (CAP). After several public comments and input from various City Departments, the City is excited to present the CAP document now available here. We invite you to give your opinions and provide input for changes to the document prior to a City Council hearing.
The global climate is changing, due in part to increases in concentrated emissions of GHG, such as carbon dioxide, over the last century. These gases play a critical role in the Earth’s changing climate – these changes in in temperature can translate to potentially hazardous shifts in climate and weather. Many communities, including Pasadena, have seen changes in weather, with associated increases in droughts and intensified rains, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves. As the changes become more pronounced in the coming decades, they will most likely present challenges to human health and welfare, the economy, and ecosystems.
In 2006, with the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly Bill (AB) 32, California became the first state in the U.S. to mandate state-wide reductions in GHG emissions as an effort to combat climate change. AB 32 sets a state-wide target to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. In 2016, the enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 32 extended this commitment by raising the state-wide emissions target to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Overall, California’s state-wide target is to reduce emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Climate change presents Pasadena with both complex challenges and tremendous opportunities. In the fall of 2015, the City of Pasadena embarked on a process to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to reduce community-wide GHG emissions and combat climate change. The Pasadena CAP is the latest initiative in the City’s on-going commitment to confronting the issue of climate change.
The purpose of the CAP is as follows:
- Analyze community-wide GHG emissions at a programmatic-level,
- Outline a strategy to reduce Pasadena’s GHG emissions consistent with AB 32, SB 32 and EO S-3-05,
- Demonstrate Pasadena’s commitment to achieving the state-wide GHG emissions reduction targets, and
- Serve a qualified GHG emissions reduction plan consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines Section 15183(b)(1).
The CAP is a long-range qualified GHG reduction plan that provides a strategy to reduce GHG emissions from community-wide activities and municipal operations in Pasadena to support the California’s efforts under EO S-3-05, AB 32, and SB 32. The CAP builds on the goals and policies of the General Plan and complements the State’s objectives to address climate change. Specifically, the CAP identifies climate action measures and implementation actions to reduce GHG emissions to achieve the following reduction goals:
- 27% below 2009 levels by 2020 (equivalent to 14% below 1990 levels, exceeding AB 32 target),
- 49% below 2009 levels by 2030 (equivalent to 40% below 1990 levels, consistent with SB 32),
- 59% below 2009 levels by 2035 (equivalent to 52% below 1990 levels), and
- 83% below 2009 levels by 2050 (equivalent to 80% below 1990 levels, consistent with EO S-3-05).
The strategy for achieving the goals outlined in the CAP builds on Pasadena’s overall success to date, proposing to strengthen existing programs that have contributed to this success, and integrating new efforts to reduce GHG emissions. The CAP identifies 5 climate strategies, 27 measures, and 142 actions to reduce Pasadena’s GHG emissions.
Collectively, they have the potential to reduce emissions and contribute to the state-wide efforts to combat climate change. The climate strategy is summarized below:
- Energy Conservation and Efficiency – reduce energy demand, utilize energy more efficiently, and switch to carbon neutral sources
- Sustainable Mobility and Land Use – improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, enhance carpool and public transportation services, and expand the use of electric vehicles and related infrastructure
- Water Conservation– increase access to and use of recycled water and improve storm water infiltration
- Waste Reduction – promote reuse, recycling, and composting
- Urban Greening – maintain a healthy and expand existing urban forest
For more information on the draft CAP, including implementation and monitoring progress, please see the links below.