Climate Action Plan Process

Climate Action Plan Process

  1. Conduct a baseline Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Forecast Emissions to 2020 and 2035 The inventory provides critical insights into the sources and sectors that contribute to emissions resulting from city operations and community-wide activities. A greenhouse gas emissions inventory is the first step and is the key to developing a successful Climate Action Plan. A baseline year is selected to provide a benchmark to compare progress going forward. - Green House Gas Emissions

    An inventory and forecast can help the City to:
    • Identify the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions within the city
    • Understand emission trends
    • Quantify the benefits of activities that reduce emissions
    • Establish a basis for developing an action plan
    • Track progress in reducing emissions
    • Set goals and targets for future reductions
  2. Quantify Emissions Reduction from Existing Measures
    Understanding the impacts of existing measures and programs is necessary in developing the emissions reduction target and the Climate Action Plan. In the past several years, the City of Santa Ana has developed a variety of projects and implemented programs that have reduced emissions below the "business as usual" model. Please visit the City's Sustainability Accomplishments.
  3. Identify Emissions Reduction Measures
    The community and stakeholders will be included in the process to provide valuable input and feedback on the Climate Action Plan. A variety of approaches are used to develop a list of measures for consideration, including talking with various professionals and experts, discussion with Council and advisory boards, and soliciting public input through public meetings and the internet. Meetings will be held for the public to learn about the process of creating the Climate Action Plan and to discuss the greenhouse gas emissions inventory and goals. An analysis will be performed on potential measures to determine emission reductions, cost of potential measures, co-benefits, funding, support and feasibility.
  4. Adopt an Emissions Reduction Target for the Forecast Years
    The City will select emissions reduction targets that are ambitious, practical, and consistent with Assembly Bill 32, which requires the State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The targets will demonstrate the City's commitment to mitigate environmental impacts. Emissions reduction targets will be selected separately for the City operations and for the community as a whole. Both will have targets selected for years 2020 and 2035.
  5. Develop a Climate Action Plan
    The Climate Action Plan will detail steps that City government and the community can take to reduce their impact on the environment and reach the reduction targets. The Climate Action Plan will be prepared concurrently with the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Both are projected to be adopted by the City Council in spring 2013. The Draft EIR will be circulated for public comment for 45 days.
  6. Implement the Climate Action Plan
    An implementation strategy will consist of a timeframe for action, cost estimates and potential funding sources, and will identify opportunities to leverage existing programs. The Plan will also identify opportunities to review or update regulatory mechanisms such as the zoning ordinance, subdivision ordinance, urban design standards and the building code. The City will continue to promote the measures and provide updates through articles and press releases, the City website, and the Santa Ana Green Newsletter.
  7. Monitor Process and Report Results
    Updates will be provided to City Council on the progress of reaching the emissions reduction targets.