Climate Action Planning & Implementation

In 2006, the State of California passed Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), setting a goal to reduce Statewide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Under the Global Warming Solutions Act, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) developed a Climate Change Scoping Plan, encouraging local governments to adopt their own greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. You can learn more at the California Energy Commissions' Climate Change Portal and Cal-Adapt websites.
In line with the goals of AB 32, the City of Fremont has taken the following steps to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions:
Climate Change Initiatives & Policy Efforts

2005 Baseline Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory 
In 2007-2008, Fremont partnered with StopWaste and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability to evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions from City facilities and the Fremont community using a 2005 baseline. Emissions from City facilities and operations consist of about 1% of the total emissions in Fremont.

Green Task Force 
In 2008, the Mayor convened a Green Task Force of citizens who identified 20 ways that Fremont could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. A number of the Task Force's recommendations have been included in the Climate Action Plan.

General Plan 
On December 13, 2011, City Council adopted the General Plan Update, guiding City development and policy-making for the next 20 years. The General Plan 2030 incorporates sustainability as the central theme throughout the document and includes both a  Sustainability Element and a Conservation Element addressing climate-related policies.

Climate Action Plan 
On November 13, 2012, City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan, setting an ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goal of 25% from 2005 levels by the year 2020. This document provides a roadmap forward for achieving community-wide sustainability. See also: Staff Report Item 7.B. & Technical Appendices.

2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Update 
In January 2014, Fremont partnered with StopWaste to complete an update of greenhouse gas emissions utilizing the newest calculation methodology, demonstrating a decrease of 11% in community-wide emissions between the years of 2005 and 2010. 
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Community-wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector in 2010

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GHG Emissions Progress Chart