Climate Action Plan

Learn more about the City of Del Mar’s detailed blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

On June 6, 2016, City Council adopted the Del Mar Climate Action Plan (CAP) (PDF), which sets targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 2035; identifies strategies to meet the targets; formulates a plan for implementation; and discusses ways the City needs to adapt to the effects of climate change already occurring or anticipated to occur, such as sea level rise and water supply shortages. 

The CAP is a living document designed to protect our natural resources, prevent harm to the natural environment, enhance human health, and improve the social and economic well-being of the community for current and future generations. It establishes a series of measures aimed at reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Releasing GHGs into the atmosphere is the major cause of global warming, and significant reductions are required just to slow the increase in annual temperatures that has already begun.

The CAP aims to reduce GHGs 15% by 2020, and 50% by 2035. The CAP also includes a renewable energy goal of 50% by 2020 and 100% by 2035. Additional CAP strategies include reducing water consumption and waste generation, promoting energy efficiency, and encouraging sustainable transportation alternatives.

The City Council-appointed Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) oversaw development of the CAP. For information on SAB meeting dates and agendas, please visit the Sustainability Advisory Board page.The SAB has identified five priority areas for CAP implementation based on the measures that have the greatest potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction:

  • Pursuing increased use of renewable energy sources, including implementation of a community choice energy program;
  • Facilitating the planning and building application process for installation of photovoltaic panels and energy efficiency retrofits;
  • Developing a zero-waste program/policy;
  • Implementing a “Complete Streets” policy for arterial streets to encourage non-motorized mobility;
  • Implementing an urban tree planting program for carbon sequestration. 

The CAP Implementation Plan (PDF) was expanded and enhanced in 2019, incorporating these key priorities. The updated CAP Implementation Plan includes new information about responsible departments, costs, schedules, and specific CAP tasks. For more information about the updated CAP Implementation Plan and the CAP Monitoring Report linked below, please view the CAP Implementation Plan and Monitoring Report Staff Report (July 2020) (PDF).

CAP Monitoring & Progress Reports

If you would like to learn more about Del Mar’s progress towards implementing the CAP and reducing GHG emissions, please view the City of Del Mar's first CAP Monitoring Report (PDF). The report evaluates implementation progress since adoption of CAP, summarizes achievements to date, progress towards 2020 and 2035 reduction targets, and performance of each CAP goal.

Additional CAP Reports:

Reference Information

To learn more about the CAP, review the following:

Diagram Showing the Biggest Sources of Greenhouse Gases, including Coal Plants, Oil Production and Transportation

For more information, please email Clem Brown, Environmental Sustainability & Special Projects Manager.

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