The City of Chico’s 2020 Climate Action Plan outlines strategies, organized within a flexible ten-year framework, for a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that are directly and indirectly generated by local activities. The Plan includes actions to reduce energy, water, and fuel consumption and to reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill.
While Chico plays a very small role in the global problem of climate change, the City of Chico is committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a part of its sustainability efforts. The Chico 2030 General Plan states this goal, and in support, calls for implementation of a Climate Action Plan (CAP or Plan). The State of California has set ambitious goals to combat climate change by lowering GHG emissions. Local governments are following suit by taking the initiative to reduce locally-generated greenhouse gas emissions. Local governments like the City of Chico have influence and, in some cases, exclusive authority over activities that contribute to direct and indirect GHG emissions through their planning and permitting processes, local ordinances, outreach and education efforts, and municipal operations.
The purpose of the Climate Action Plan is to provide the means for Chico to meet its GHG reduction goal of 25% below 2005 emission levels by the end of 2020. The CAP lists, and estimates GHG emission reductions for, actions that will directly or indirectly reduce emissions from local activities. It distinguishes between actions that can be taken by the City and those that require action by the local community. To meet the 2020 goal, the Plan divides actions into two phases, with the first phase ending in 2015. Full implementation of the Plan is intended to significantly reduce GHG emissions as well as yield economic and other benefits, such as cleaner air, reduced traffic, less dependence on fossil fuels, improved quality of life, and greater resilience to the affects of climate change.
Here is the main sections of the Climate Action Plan:
- Table of Contents
- 2005-2010: Context for Chico’s Climate Action Plan. The City of Chico’s 2020 Climate Action Plan outlines strategies, organized within a flexible ten-year framework, for a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that are directly and indirectly generated by local activities. The Plan includes actions to reduce energy, water, and fuel consumption and to reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill.
- Climate Action Goals. The ultimate goal of the Climate Action Plan (CAP) is to reduce emissions for the year 2020 to 385,749 MtCO2e, 25% below the base year (2005) levels.
- Phase I. Phase I of the Climate Action Plan considers the emissions-reducing actions taken since the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory 2005 baseline year, and it includes additional actions to be undertaken by the City and throughout the community before 2015.
- Phase II. By the end of Phase I in 2015, locally generated GHG emissions are projected to be reduced by 165,820 MtCO2e from business as usual, to a level 10% below the 2005 base-year.
Download the 2020 Climate Action Plan PDF file.