Climate change is a global issue, but its impacts are felt locally. For the past decade, SANDAG and our partners have worked hard to reduce the impacts of climate change to help ensure a sustainable future for every resident of the San Diego region.
As outlined in the 2021 Regional Plan, SANDAG is combatting climate change on multiple fronts:
- Greenhouse gas emissions are a major cause of climate change, with 41% of emissions in the state caused by transportation. SANDAG and its partners are working to lower emissions across the San Diego region by planning and building a more efficient and low-emission regional transportation system.
- In partnership with the 19 jurisdictions that make up SANDAG, we’ve provided data analysis and technical assistance to help local cities create climate action plans (CAPs) that show how they will lower emissions in their communities toward a goal of meeting the state’s “carbon neutrality” target in 2045.
- Through its Roadmap program, SANDAG has collaborated with local agency staff and leading climate planning experts to prepare the Regional Climate Action Planning Framework (ReCAP), which uses the best available scientific data to identify best practices and guidance for preparing Climate Action Plans and monitoring implementation. SANDAG also provides Energy Roadmaps to member agencies to help them reduce energy use in municipal operations and in the community.
- SANDAG’s Climate Action Data Portal serves as an important online resource for climate planning data for the San Diego region. Funded primarily by a Caltrans grant, the portal provides access to greenhouse gas inventory and activity data collected by ReCAP.