Some of the most impactful ways of reducing our emissions to meet State goals remain the most challenging: reducing vehicle miles traveled (think single-occupancy vehicle trips) and transitioning away from methane gas or “natural gas” in our homes and commercial buildings. The slides below highlight a few promising routes and the Plans go into greater depth on these and other strategies.
The graph below shows the emissions if nothing is done (blue line), emissions taking into account 100% renewable electricity through Peninsula Clean Energy (green line), the historic emissions and path forward to achieve a net-zero emissions (dark blue line), and the emissions reduction trend accounting for the proposed actions (orange line). The goals in the CCAP are to achieve a 45% reduction below 1990 levels by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2040. Carbon neutrality is defined by the point at which the removal of carbon pollution from the atmosphere meets or exceeds emissions (AB 1284). (i.e. San Mateo County is removing more carbon from the air than we are emitting.)
California has a statewide goal of greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced to 40% below the 1990 emissions level by 2030.
What Gets Measured
Total GHG Emissions: 1,217
Off-Road Equipment: 1,217
Total GHG Emissions: 77,491
Off-Road Equipment: 77,491
Total GHG Emissions: 148,396
Residential Energy: 59,469
Commercial/Industry Energy: 87,037
Direct Access: 1,840
Stationary Sources: 50
Total GHG Emissions: 186,747
Off-Road Equipment: 26,293
Total GHG Emissions: 124,179
Solid Waste Disposal: 7,117
Solid Waste Landfills: 117,061
Total GHG Emissions: 1,604
Wastewater Treatment: 1,604
Total GHG Emissions: 308
Water Use: 308
Achievements & Goals
BUILDING ON SUCCESS
San Mateo County has set a precedence in prioritizing climate related issues in recent years and has made significant strides in upholding its commitment. This Plan is building on work already done and underway and it will chart our course for meeting 2030 and 2040 goals.
ACHIEVEMENT: First Climate Action Plan created
Plan used to meet new state greenhouse gas reduction goals.
ACHIEVEMENT: Goal reached
The goal for unincorporated County to reduce emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 was reached early in 2013 when the County achieved an emissions reduction of 18 percent below 2005 levels.
ACHIEVEMENT: The County Office of Sustainability established Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy is the County’s Community Choice Aggregator, a mechanism for procuring higher rates of clean energy on behalf of community members than PG&E. PCE began serving customers in 2016 and reinvests its earning in the community. It is a major partner now to the County in its climate action planning process.
GOAL: Reduce Emissions by 45% Below 1990 levels
GOAL: Reach carbon neutrality
Carbon Neutrality: The point at which the removal of carbon pollution from the atmosphere meets or exceeds emissions (AB 1284). (i.e. San Mateo County is removing more carbon from the air than we are emitting.)
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