The Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) has prepared a draft climate action plan (CAP), Climate Action 2020: A Regional Program for Sonoma County Communities (CA2020). CAP2020 is a collaborative effort between RCPA, the County of Sonoma, and all nine Sonoma County cities to reduce county-wide greenhouse gas emissions and to respond to the effects of climate change. CA2020 establishes a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25-percent below 1990 levels by 2020, with all participating jurisdictions contributing to the reduction. Achieving the reduction is proposed through a combination of state, regional, and local measures.
The Draft Plan is under review by participating jurisdictions this Spring. Click here to learn more on RCPA’s website, and to review the draft Plan. Some highlights shared on RCPA’s website are below:
Highlights of Climate Action 2020 and Beyond
- Sonoma County GHG emissions have declined since 1990, but without new actions they could climb back above historic levels by 2020.
- The countywide goal for GHG emissions, 25% below 1990 levels, is achievable if we work together as a region.
- State, Regional, and Local actions proposed in the Draft Plan can reduce local GHG emissions over 1.4 million metric tons each year by 2020.
- The plan is focused on near term actions that will put Sonoma County on a path towards a 2050 goal of 80% below 1990 levels.
- Plan success will require collaboration and investment by government, businesses, and citizens.
- The RCPA will lead plan implementation and support local actions through grant funding, research, technical assistance, outreach, and education.