Vision for the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP)
Alameda is an innovative leader in achieving net zero carbon emissions and community resilience as soon as possible, and serve as a model for similarly impacted cities to do the same. Our community members are a vital part of this ongoing process.
To view a PDF of the CARP, click here.
Climate Emergency Statement
In March 2019, the City Council passed a Climate Emergency Declaration for the City of Alameda. Recognizing the “existential crisis” our city faces from sea-level rise, Alameda is aiming to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, remove excess carbon from the atmosphere, and implement measures to protect people and species from the consequences of abrupt climate change. (Citation is Resolution No. 15510.)
Three Pillars of Sustainability
The CARP is grounded in the three overlapping pillars of sustainability, which are healthy environment, robust economy, and social equity. This means that individual actions and overarching strategies are all designed to produce outcomes that are socially equitable, ecologically restorative, and economically beneficial. This approach is key to Alameda’s long-term sustainability.
GHG Inventory and GHG Goals
Because Alameda Municipal Power is delivering 100% clean power to all Alamedans as of 2020, emissions in Alameda are predominantly from the transportation sector, with another large chunk from the burning of natural gas in buildings for heating. Achieving significant emissions reductions from transportation and building heating is critical for meeting Alameda’s ambitious 2030 goals.
Above is the total “business-as-usual” (BAU) emissions forecast for 2030. The red bars show the reductions in GHG emissions that are expected from actions the City committed to before launching the CARP and from actions committed to in the CARP. The green bar shows the GHG emissions goal for 2030.
Alameda’s Climate Vulnerabilities
As a low-lying island and peninsula that is already at risk of shoreline flooding, Alameda is one of the most climate-vulnerable cities in California. Sea level rise, groundwater rise, extreme heat, hazardous air quality, and other hazards exacerbated by climate change all threaten Alameda’s quality of life and economy.
Alameda’s Climate Action Dashboard
The images below link to pages that provide a deeper dive on each of the areas that most contribute to and are most affected by climate change. Providing this data increases transparency and supports the City’s goal of evaluating the success of its climate programs regularly and making changes to its policies and programs accordingly.