San Diego unveils plan to implement climate action plan


California Construction News staff writer

The City of San Diego has unveiled a draft climate action implementation plan, defining each city department’s responsibilities and providing cost estimates for actions.

As part of “Our Climate, Our Future,” San Diego’s 2022 CAP includes six strategies that set a path to reach 2030 fair-share reduction goals and reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.

Climate action work already underway includes transitioning all city electricity accounts to San Diego Community Power’s 100% renewable energy provider and drafting building code amendments to electrify new construction.

“This Plan informs policies, ensures that climate action is part of every City department’s work plan, and it documents actions already underway,” said District 1 Councilmember Joe LaCava, chair of the environment committee. “We can no longer delay ensuring our city’s future is sustainable and resilient. I invite the public’s input as the Environment Committee discusses the draft plan at our next meeting.”

San Diego’s entire climate action plan comes with a total cost estimate of $4.2 billion. The climate action implementation plan draft and the new council policy will be presented at the city’s environment committee meeting Mar. 9.

“The city’s 2022 Climate Action Plan update laid out our ambitious goals, and this week, we released our comprehensive plan to fully implement them,” said Mayor Todd Gloria. “This Implementation Plan is just one part of a larger framework to ensure our climate goals are embedded in decisions across the city.

“We have a long way to go, but many steps are already complete or in progress.”


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