Climate change has significant, widespread impacts on California’s economy and environment. The state has set a goal of reducing our emission of harmful greenhouse gases (the pollutants that cause climate change) to 1990 levels by 2020.
Walnut Creek is actively working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by the year 2020. The City Council approved Walnut Creek's first Climate Action Plan (CAP) on April 17, 2012. The CAP outlines the City's overall strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in response to state regulations to address climate change. The CAP will serve as a blueprint for the City's future sustainability efforts and contain policies that are designed to help the City meet state legal requirements for greenhouse gas reductions.
Walnut Creek’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory [PDF] establishes a baseline for greenhouse gas emissions from our community and from our government facilities and activities for the year 2005. This baseline will help us measure our progress as we work to reduce our emissions by implementing our CAP. Our largest sources of emissions are from the transportation (59%), residential (18%), and commercial/industrial (18%) sectors.
Download the Climate Action Plan and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory (Adopted 2012).
Download the Addendum to the Walnut Creek General Plan EIR [PDF]
Each year, the City monitors and tracks its progress on the Climate Action Plan and reports the results to City Council. On October 4,2016, staff presented an "Assessment Report" that included a full greenhouse gas inventory for the year 2013 (the most recent year with complete data) so we could see progress compared to our baseline inventory in 2005.
The Assessment Report took stock of what the City has implemented since 2013 and identifies what the City will need to do to reach its 2020 goals. While the report found that emissions had increased from 2005 to 2013, recent actions taken by the City since 2013, such as joining community choice aggregation program MCE, are expected to keep the City on track to meet 2020 goals. Addressing emissions from the transportation sector by encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles and use of public transit, walking, and biking will be critical to meeting our 2020 goals.
Projected Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Needed to Meet 2020 Goals