Del Mar is ahead of schedule in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is advancing its goals to divert solid waste from landfills, encourage alternate forms of transportation, preserve the urban forest and promote social equity across the City’s environmental initiatives.
These are the conclusions of Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan 2019 Annual Progress Report.
Released this month, the report shows that Del Mar reduced its greenhouse gas emissions below the 2020 target set in the Climate Action Plan ahead of schedule.
The report examines the City’s emissions attributable to transportation, electricity, natural gas, solid waste, water and wastewater.
Electricity represents 18 percent of Del Mar’s greenhouse gas emissions. In this category, emissions reductions resulted from greater energy efficiency efforts and a higher renewable energy portfolio from SDG&E. Del Mar residents and businesses can expect cleaner and greener energy with the launch of the Clean Energy Alliance in 2021. Throughout 2019 and earlier, Del Mar prioritized establishing a Community Choice Energy program that will provide the option for residents to purchase electricity from 100 percent renewable sources. In 2019, Del Mar joined the cities of Solana Beach and Carlsbad to form the Clean Energy Alliance, a consortium charged with buying and selling electricity at rates comparable to those of SDG&E.
Also in 2019, Del Mar achieved 59 percent diversion of solid waste. Waste diversion and recycling highlights include the adoption of one ordinance requiring a 65 percent diversion of construction and demolition waste and another prohibiting the use of plastic straws and stirrers. The City has also been working diligently with its partner, the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, to promote food waste reduction and improve accessibility to composting programs for residents and restaurants.
At 57 percent, on-road transportation is the largest single contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, the report shows. In this category for 2019, the Downtown Streetscape Project improved bike lanes and added bike racks, expanded sidewalks, new pedestrian crossings and dedicated parking for electric vehicles along Camino del Mar. Del Mar also has advanced the development of a regional bike sharing program with coastal cities and transportation agencies. The program is expected to launch this summer. In cooperation with the Sustainability Advisory Board’s Urban Tree Subcommittee, Del Mar is developing best practices for its urban forest.
The Climate Action Plan calls for social equity to be integrated into the City’s sustainability programs. On that front, 2019 included creating a Home Energy Savings program to reach low- and fixed-income seniors with energy efficiency outreach. Collaboration with Del Mar Community Connections reached 55 seniors with information on household energy savings, subsidies, rebates and incentives. Seven of the seniors received in-home energy audits.
Del Mar adopted its Climate Action Plan in 2016. The plan sets targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 2035.
The Sustainability Advisory Board and its five subcommittees are driving forces behind the implementation of the Climate Action Plan. The board meets at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar.
Open the Climate Action Plan 2019 Annual Progress Report (PDF).
Open the Climate Action Plan (PDF).
Visit the Go Green Del Mar webpage.