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Climate Action Plan on Track

The City of Carlsbad is on track to achieve the goals outlined in its Climate Action Plan, including meeting statewide greenhouse gas emission targets by 2035. The greenhouse gas emissions the city reduces through its projects, measures and actions include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapor.

On April 13, the City Council received a presentation that covered 18 months of Climate Action Plan measures and activities. The city revised the reporting period from a fiscal year to a calendar year cycle after the last report on May 12, 2020, to better align with the availability of data and snapshots from the San Diego Association of Governments.


During this fourth reporting period, Climate Action Plan highlights include:

  • Amended the CAP in July 2020 to revise the greenhouse gas inventory, reduction targets and forecast to make sure the latest data and calculations are included
  • Added the Clean Energy Alliance, Carlsbad’s community choice energy program as a new GHG reduction measure
  • Implemented and continued local, regional and statewide partnerships with multiple organizations, including SANDAG, the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, the San Diego Green Building Council and SDG&E
  • Installed an electrical vehicle charging station at Aviara, purchased 22 hybrid police vehicles and began exploring other energy efficiency retrofits  
  • Launched the Carlsbad Green Business Network to support local small-to-medium businesses with sustainability programs
  • Secured authorization from the California Energy Commission to implement ordinances related to energy efficiency, solar photovoltaic energy and alternative water heating
  • Worked closely with the business community, including the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and Cleantech San Diego
  • Completed multiple ongoing public outreach and education activities and presentations

Next steps

Staff will continue to implement Climate Action Plan strategies and other efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Funding for a comprehensive update of the Climate Action Plan in fiscal year 2021-22 budget request has been submitted and will be subject to approval based on limited resources, given COVID-19 budgetary constraints. 

More information

April 16, 2021