Climate Action Plan
The City of Martinez Climate Action Plan (CAP) will establish strategies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions known to contribute to climate change, to conserve energy and other natural resources, and to prepare the community for the expected effects of global warming. The CAP will include specific goals and objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including policies, programs, and actions that facilitate the efforts of residents and businesses to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the CAP will establish priorities in four key GHG emissions categories for adapting to the local physical changes in the environment that are already being felt as a result of global climate change, and that are expected to intensify in the coming years.
CAP Emission Sources and Strategic Targets
- Transportation - The largest contributing factor in Martinez’s GHG emissions, related to the use of GHG emitting motor vehicles.
- Energy - The consumption and waste of electric energy from power plants and natural gas from fossil sources of methane.
- Solid Waste - Transporting and disposing of GHG emitting solid waste including organic wastes deposited in landfill, and energy and associated greenhouse gas emissions embodied in products that we purchase, use, and discard.
- Water - Not included in the Inventory, but part of the Strategic Targets.
State Policies and Legislation
AB 32: The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
The California State Assembly passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 in August 2006, and Governor Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law the following month. Also known as Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), the law instructs the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to set reporting requirements for GHG emissions and to devise rules and regulations that will achieve the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective GHG emissions reduction, achieving a reduction in statewide GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and further reductions in future years. While AB 32 sets out a timeline for the adoption of measures to evaluate and reduce GHG emissions across all source categories, it does not articulate these measures itself; instead, these measures will be determined in subsequent processes. The specific GHG emission reduction measures that will be required of state and local government agencies, California businesses, and individuals as a result of the passage of AB 32 have not yet been set, but currently are being devised.