2020 Climate Action Plan (CAP) Annual Report

In March 2022, the City published its third comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP) Annual Monitoring Report. The 2020 CAP Annual Report summarizes the progress the City has made toward meeting its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets set in the 2020 CAP and evaluates progress made on implementing the measures established in the CAP. This annual report includes notable City actions and data tracked through 2020. Of the twenty (20) measures in the CAP, seven (7) have been completed, eleven (11) are in progress, and two (2) are awaiting resources. To learn more about the City's progress, check out the Encinitas Climate Dashboard

2020 Climate Action Plan Update

On November 18, 2020, City Council unanimously approved an updated Climate Action Plan (CAP) and the associated final Negative Declaration per California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) regulations. Adoption of this CAP update was the culmination of a year-long process that included reevaluation of the City’s 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions projection to include anticipated increased housing units, establishment of more ambitious emissions reduction targets, and the development of more effective emissions reduction CAP measures and complimentary supporting measures. To complete the update, the City received consultant support from the Energy Policy Initiatives Center and internal staff support from multiple City departments. The update also included input from the CAP Subcommittee of the City’s Environmental Commission and a recommendation from the full commission to present the updated document to City Council for approval.  

The City’s updated CAP provides a roadmap for reducing GHG emissions through the implementation of various strategies, goals, CAP measures, and supporting measures. The CAP sets an ambitious target to reduce emissions by 44% below 2012 levels by 2030. The CAP includes the following seven overarching strategies and associated goals: 

To learn about the CAP Measures and Supporting Measures outlined in the CAP, check out the adopted final CAP update.

Encinitas Climate Dashboard - Updated with 2020 Data 

Track the City's progress on implementation of the Climate Action Plan on the Encinitas Climate Dashboard webpage.

Community Choice Energy

Follow this link to San Diego Community Power's new website.

On September 18, 2019, Encinitas City Council voted unanimously to form a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program by ordinance. Encinitas joined the regional CCE JPA, called San Diego Community Power (SDCP), along with the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and La Mesa. A core goal of the new agency is to deliver green, renewable, carbon-free electricity to its customers. SDCP is aiming to deliver 100% renewable energy to its customers by 2035 or sooner.

The governing board of SDCP consists of two City Council representatives from each partner jurisdiction, one primary and one alternate. The Board, in coordination with partner staff, energy consultants, and the selected lender, will spend 2020 setting up the agency in preparation to purchase and deliver electricity to residential and commercial customers in 2021. One of the first actions of the Board included completing and adopting an Implementation Plan that was submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission in December 2019. Once start-up activities are complete, SDCP will assume the responsibility of purchasing electricity for customers in the partner communities. Customers will have the option to receive their electricity from San Diego Community Power or may choose to remain with San Diego Gas & Electric. More information about the history of the City's CCE efforts can be found on the CCE subcommittee webpage. The latest information about SDCP meetings and operation can be found on the SDCP webpage.

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ordinance

By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Encinitas City Council voted in favor of passing a progressive new Leaf Blower Ordinance during a regular City Council meeting held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Click here for more information.

2018 Climate Action Plan

The 2018 Climate Action Plan (2018 CAP), approved by City Council on January 17, 2020, set ambitious targets to reduce emissions by 13% below 2012 levels by 2020 and 44% below 2012 levels by 2030 and defined clear strategies, goals, actions and supporting measures for the City to implement. An associated   Negative Declaration was completed for the 2018 CAP per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and a CAP Implementation Plan was also developed which laid out a timeline and identified the resources needed to implement the 2018 CAP. 

Following completion, the 2018 CAP received recognition regionally, statewide, and nationally for its well-written, comprehensive format and ambitious goals and targets. The Climate Action Campaign, a regional environmental advocacy organization, recognized the City's 2018 CAP as a "Gold Standard" CAP in its 2018 Climate Action Plan Report Card. The San Diego Association of Environmental Professionals (SDAEP) recognized the 2018 CAP with the distinguished award of Outstanding Planning Document of the year. SDAEP acknowledged the 2018 CAP for its exceptional clarity, accessibility, and environmentally sound design elements. The California Association of Environmental Professions further recognized the 2018 CAP as the state's most outstanding climate change document completed within that year. The 2018 CAP also received an honorable mention at the 2018 Mayor's Climate Protection Awards Ceremony from the United States Conference of Mayors.

Climate Adaptation

As a coastal community, it is of particular importance to understand the potential impacts of climate change. Sea level rise, in combination with stronger storms, could cause significant coastal erosion and damage to our beaches, bluffs and coastal infrastructure.

The City's Shoreline Management Program focuses on the protection and enhancement of the City’s coastline and will adapt to address the effects of climate change.

Additional Resources

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Check out these educational flyers for some quick facts.

Other helpful resources:

Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) 

San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

California Climate Strategy

United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Contact: Sustainability Manager, Crystal Najera, 760-943-2285, [email protected]