2015 Climate Action Plan
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.
2015 Climate Action Plan Impact
Since the adoption of the 2015 CAP, the County has provided annual CAP progress reports to the Sustainability Commission. Here is a quick overview of the County’s progress on climate actions.
These measures focus on energy efficiency in new and existing homes located in the unincorporated areas of County. The County has made strides towards achieving this goal with a total of 1,018 single-family home energy efficiency retrofits and 24 multifamily unit energy efficiency retrofits completed from 2015 through 2020.
The goals set in the 2015 CAP for renewable energy adoption included installing solar arrays to 50 new homes, 10 new businesses, 2,500 existing homes, and 60 existing businesses by 2020. The County has shattered that goal issuing over 5,000 residential PV permits between 2018 and 2020.
Land-Use & Transportation
Improving mobility and encouraging alternative-fuel vehicle adoption were the biggest areas of focus in the County’s 2015 CAP.
The County Board of Supervisors has supported mobility improvements by accepting two mobility-related studies: the Ironi Horse Corridor Active Transportation Study and the Marsh Creek Corridor Multi-Use Trail Feasibility Study. The Iron Horse Corridor Active Transportation Study will identify safety, access, and user-experience improvements on the 22-mile corridor. The Marsh Creek Corridor Multi-Use Trail Feasibility Study will inform the County on the feasibility of a new 12+ mile corridor between Clayton and the Round Valley Regional Preserve.
EV Charging Stations
For EV charging stations, the County has stepped up to address the goals in the 2015 CAP.
- The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) completed its EV Readiness Blueprint in 2019, with help from the County.
- In the same year the Board of Supervisors streamlined the permitting process for EV chargers.
Both efforts combined led to 1,325 charging stations being distributed throughout the County and an additional 317 stations added through the MCE’s rebate program as of December 2020. This influx in charging stations makes it possible to reach the 2015 CAP goals centered around distance traveled per EV.
The County set a waste reduction goal of a 75% reduction in Pounds of Disposal Per Person Per Day (PPD). The County used 3.9 PPD as the target PPD. In 2020, the County recorded a PPD rate of 2.2 which equates to a 72% reduction.
Climate Action Plan Progress Report
Interim Climate Action Work Plan
The 2015 CAP’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction target ended in 2020. The updated CAP was originally scheduled to be adopted in 2020 with updated greenhouse gas reduction targets extending beyond 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed progress on and adoption of the updated CAP.
In the meantime, to continue the County’s momentum on climate action, the County adopted its 2021 - 2022 Climate Action Plan Interim Work Plan. The County’s Sustainability Team identified seven key areas where meaningful action could be taken to increase the effectiveness of climate change mitigation and adaptation in the Interim Climate Action Work Plan (PDF) adopted in 2021. This Work Plan identifies actions associated with the energy efficiency, renewable energy, the built environment, solid waste, water conservation, clean transportation, climate equity, and local governance.