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Energy and Climate Change

Climate Action Stategy

The Climate Action Strategy is a guide for SANDAG on climate change policy. The Strategy identifies a range of potential policy measures – “tools in the toolbox” – for consideration as SANDAG updates long-term planning documents like the Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Comprehensive Plan, and as local jurisdictions update their General Plans and other community plans.

The Strategy helps SANDAG identify land use, transportation, and related policy measures and investments that could reduce greenhouse gases from passenger cars and light-duty trucks as part of the development of a Sustainable Communities Strategy for the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan in compliance with Senate Bill 375. Potential policy measures also are identified for buildings and energy use, protecting transportation and energy infrastructure from climate impacts, and to help SANDAG and local jurisdictions reduce greenhouse gases from their operations.

SANDAG is currently working with local jurisdictions to help them identify opportunities to save and reduce greenhouse gasses in their own operations and throughout their communities through the Energy Roadmap Program.

On-road transportation of people and goods is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the San Diego region, with passenger cars and light-duty trucks alone responsible for about 41 percent of all greenhouse gases. Future transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions need to be substantially lower than they are today. However, the adopted local land use plans and transportation investments and policies identified in the adopted Regional Transportation Plan would collectively lead to higher, not lower, greenhouse gas emissions.

Many of the region’s existing policies and investments contribute to lower greenhouse gases. Actions like encouraging local smart growth land uses linked with regional transportation plans and habitat protection programs, investing in mobility options like public transit, bicycling, carpooling, and vanpooling, creating districts to finance energy efficiency and clean energy projects, and installing renewable energy systems, the region has created a foundation on which it can building to address climate change now and going forward in the coming years and decades.

This Web page contains a summary of information and comments submitted by members of the public regarding the Climate Action Strategy. If you would like to see all of the attachments and backup documentation that has been submitted to SANDAG, it is available for review by contacting the SANDAG Public Information Office at

Project Manager

Susan Freedman, Senior Regional Energy Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7387, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or

Related Resources


  • Climate Action Strategy, 2010 [PDF: 1MB]