The Novato Climate Change Action Plan (adopted in 2009) outlines strategies to achieve a greenhouse gas reduction target of 15% below 2005 levels by the year 2020, consistent with the State’s direction to local governments in the Assembly Bill (AB) 32 Scoping Plan, and 40% below 2005 levels by 2035. The Climate Change Action Plan utilizes the 2005 Greenhouse Gas Inventory in establishing baseline emissions and outdated resources for projecting future emissions. In addition to updating the emissions projections and potential reductions, the white paper presents four potential new programs to add to the Climate Action Plan. The white paper also discusses the pros and cons of developing a “qualified” climate change action plan that would allow future development projects to streamline their analysis of greenhouse gas emissions in their project-specific environmental review documents.
The Climate Change Action Plan White Paper was presented to the Planning Commission on March 2, 2015 and to the City Council on March 3, 2015. The City Council reaffirmed the greenhouse gas reduction targets and supported one new program to promote commercial energy efficiency upgrades (Policy Option #1). The City Council did not support the other proposed programs or the development of a “qualified” climate change action plan.