Regional Decarbonization Framework

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A Partnership to Move the Region to Zero Carbon Emissions

The global climate is changing and nowhere are the effects felt more acutely than at the local level. The growing economic, social, and environmental impacts associated with a changing climate are causing immediate and long-term damages to our communities, ecosystems, food production, health, safety, jobs, businesses, and our overall quality of life in the San Diego region.

On January 27, 2021, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors approved the development of a Framework for a regional zero-carbon sustainability plan in partnership with the UC San Diego School of

A Partnership to Move the Region to Zero Carbon Emissions

The global climate is changing and nowhere are the effects felt more acutely than at the local level. The growing economic, social, and environmental impacts associated with a changing climate are causing immediate and long-term damages to our communities, ecosystems, food production, health, safety, jobs, businesses, and our overall quality of life in the San Diego region.

On January 27, 2021, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors approved the development of a Framework for a regional zero-carbon sustainability plan in partnership with the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy and the University of San Diego (USD) Energy Policy Initiatives Center. The Framework will provide science-based pathways to achieve zero carbon in the region.

In addition, the Framework will foster regional collaboration between public agencies, universities, schools, business, labor, communities, and tribes, as well as leverage resources at the state and federal levels.

The County is proposing a three-pronged regional approach to lower our carbon footprint to zero emissions:

  • Zero emissions of carbon dioxide;
  • Reduction of “super-pollutants” such as black carbon (or “soot”) and ground-level ozone (the main ingredient of “smog”), much of which are directly harmful to human health; and
  • Drawdown of atmospheric pollution through technological and natural means. Nature-based methods for carbon capture and storage include climate-smart practices in forestry and agriculture.

The impacts of climate change in the form of extreme weather events are disproportionately affecting our lowest-income communities and workers. Hence, local policy measures that decarbonize the economy are intended to save lives, benefit underserved and frontline communities, create high-quality green jobs, and ensure economic resilience. The Framework will intentionally address the gaps that exist between the decarbonization goals and existing realities for Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities in terms of air quality, infrastructure, jobs and housing.

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    The report mentions new research related to the amount of carbon sequestered by various habitat types. But I could not find the detailed calculations that show how much carbon is sequestered- particularly for wetlands. Diane Nygaard

    Diane Nygaard asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Dianne,

    The report provides estimates of the carbon flow and sequestration of different types of land uses within San Diego County.

    The detailed estimates of carbon stock and flux multipliers by Holland vegetation class type and the sources are provided in Appendix 5.A (pp. 202-206) in the March draft of the technical report. Please let us know if there is anything else we can locate for you in the report.

    We intend to be posting the final technical report soon, so please check back here: Regional Decarbonization Framework (sandiegocounty.gov) 

    Murtaza

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    Your on-line viewer is a terrible piece of shit. (Please don't tell me that my tax dollars were wasted buying this terrible software.) Where do I download these 3 documents? Would you please send the three documents to me at rcoppock@cox.net .

    Roger Coppock asked 5 months ago

    Hi Roger,

    We apologize that this new Engage tool does not meet your expectations. It is in a testing phase with the project and we would welcome suggestions to improve it. The intent of this tool is to have a community-side conversation that everyone can see and participate in. The document reader within the Engage site was intended to receive public comments during the open comment period from through May 31.

    These documents are posted on our regular RDF project website in the PDF format: Regional Decarbonization Framework (sandiegocounty.gov) 

    Thank you for your interest in this project and please reach out to the project team if you need anything.

    Murtaza

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    I've missed some of the recent sessions. Is there an archive of meeting agendas and related materials that I can access online? Thanks.

    Russ Cunningham asked 4 months ago

    Hi Russ, Thank you for your inquiry. Please see the workshop recordings and presentation materials on our website: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/RDF.

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    why are we allowing so many private small fixed wing air craft in the sky doing nothing but maneuvers regionally and over communities when they add carbon pollution?

    bart asked 5 months ago

    Thank you again for your question. 

    The regional greenhouse gas inventory used as a baseline for local policy opportunities in the technical report includes aviation-related emissions from fuel combustion and off-road transportation. However, the decarbonization pathways in the sector-specific chapters (electricity production, on-road transportation, buildings, and land use) have not analyzed aviation emissions. As such, this needs further policy analysis.

    Regards, 

    County Regional Decarbonization Team



    Greetings. This email is to acknowledge we have received your question and to notify you that a member of the County Regional Decarbonization Framework Team will be responding shortly. 

    Regards, 

    Land Use and Environment Group

    County of San Diego

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