Climate Action Plan
What is the Climate Action Plan?
The Climate Action Plan (CAP) is the County’s strategic approach to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from sources throughout the unincorporated area. The CAP reflects the County’s programs and actions to decrease energy use, improve energy efficiency, develop renewable energy, reduce vehicle miles traveled, increase multi-modal travel options, expand green infrastructure, reduce waste, and improve the efficiency of government operations. The CAP also forecasts the County’s GHG emissions and sets reduction targets and strategies.
Updating the Climate Action Plan
Contra Costa County is updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP), which outlines the actions the County will take to address our changing climate. The public review draft of the 2024 CAP Update is now available on the Envision Contra Costa 2040 website! Comments on the public review draft will be accepted through January 31, 2024.
In the meantime, we'll be focusing our work in a few key areas. Learn more by reading our Interim Climate Action Work Plans ( /documentcenter/view/77980 2021-2022 Interim Climate Action Work Plan (PDF) and 2023 - 2024 Interim Climate Action Work Plan (PDF)) and checking out our /documentcenter/view/73926/annual-report---interim-cap---final---rev-1 /documentcenter/view/78341 2022 Progress Report (PDF) updating our progress on these interim measures.
In 2008, the County adopted its first Municipal Climate Action Plan identifying strategies to make government operations more sustainable. The Municipal Climate Action Plan identified thirteen existing and planned greenhouse gas reduction measures including employee carpool and vanpool programs; direct digital control for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in County buildings; and flexible employee work schedules. The document introduced five potential greenhouse gas reduction measures involving energy efficiency and renewable energy, vehicle fleet, employee commute, waste reduction and recycling, and green buildings and environmentally preferable purchasing.
The 2015 CAP identifies how the County will achieve the AB 32 GHG emissions reduction target of 15% below baseline levels by the year 2020, in addition to supporting other public health, energy efficiency, water conservation, and air quality goals identified in the County’s General Plan and other policy documents. The 2015 CAP is notable for the consideration of health co-benefits, strategies to prevent further climate changes that also have a beneficial effect on human life and quality of life.
The Task Force is directed to focus on urgently implementing the County's Climate Action Plan and to identify additional actions, policies, and programs the County can undertake to reduce and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.
In 2018, the County was directed to update its General Plan. The General Plan update was launched concurrently with the Zoning Code update, CAP update, and Housing Element update in an effort known collectively as Envision Contra Costa 2040.