Regional Decarbonization Framework

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A Partnership to Move the Region to Zero Carbon Emissions

The global climate is changing, and the effects are felt acutely at the local level through higher frequency and intensity of extreme heat events, droughts, wildfires, storms, and sea level rise. Furthermore, the growing economic, social, and environmental impacts associated with a changing climate are causing immediate and long-term impacts to our ecosystems, food production, health, safety, jobs, businesses, and communities across the San Diego region, particularly in underserved populations that are impacted disproportionately.

On January 27, 2021, the Board of Supervisors took action to create what has now developed

A Partnership to Move the Region to Zero Carbon Emissions

The global climate is changing, and the effects are felt acutely at the local level through higher frequency and intensity of extreme heat events, droughts, wildfires, storms, and sea level rise. Furthermore, the growing economic, social, and environmental impacts associated with a changing climate are causing immediate and long-term impacts to our ecosystems, food production, health, safety, jobs, businesses, and communities across the San Diego region, particularly in underserved populations that are impacted disproportionately.

On January 27, 2021, the Board of Supervisors took action to create what has now developed into the integrated Regional Decarbonization Framework (Framework), recognizing that the County of San Diego has an important role to play in leading decarbonization efforts within our region. The Framework has been developed in partnership with the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, and the University of San Diego (USD) Energy Policy Initiatives Center, and Inclusive Economics. In addition, the Framework fosters regional collaboration between public agencies, universities, schools, business, labor, communities, and tribes, as well as leverage resources at the State and federal levels.

The Framework is composed of three parts: a Technical Report, a Workforce Report, and an Implementation Playbook (Playbook). The draft Playbook is a resource that outlines areas for local governments, organizations, and businesses to consider as they move toward zero carbon emissions. The draft Playbook is currently available for public review until February 2, 2023. The County is also working with UC San Diego School of Urban Studies and Planning to conduct an analysis and evaluation of policy tools that can be considered by the Board to support our regional food system and agricultural community. A draft will be prepared for public comment in summer of 2023. Additional information can be found on our projects page.

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