The City of San José is currently updating its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy in response to Senate Bill (SB) 32, which expands upon Assembly Bill (AB) 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and requires a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40% below the 1990 levels by 2030.
The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy will build on Climate Smart San José (2018), which expanded the City’s Green Vision to advance the City towards urban sustainability.
The final Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy will serve as a Qualified Climate Action Plan for purposes of tiering under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The City first prepared a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy together with the preparation of the Envision San José 2040 General Plan to ensure that implementation of the General Plan aligns with the greenhouse gas reduction targets set by AB32.
The current Strategy includes two approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by year 2020:
- Specific City-sponsored initiatives and actions on which the City has direct control (e.g., Green Vision and implementation of the General Plan), and
- Policies to direct, guide or influence actions of third parties to implement and maintain consistency with the Strategy on a project-by-project basis.
In November 2010, the City adopted the Envision San José 2040 General Plan and certified an associated Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Supplemental Environmental Impact Report. The potential impact of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change related to the implementation of the General Plan were analyzed in the Supplemental EIR. The EIR studied the underlying causes of climate change; included forecasts of the City’s potential future greenhouse gas emissions; and identified measures the City is taking to limit its contribution to cumulative greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of this analysis, the City adopted a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy as a part of the General Plan.
Meenaxi Raval, AICP
Supervising Environmental Planner