Climate Action Plan Update

The City is currently updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP) for this decade of climate action. The City's new carbon neutrality goal forms the basis of the CAP update, or "CAP 2.0," setting Fremont on the pathway to a sustainable, vibrant, and healthy community that supports the environment.

Within "CAP 2.0," efforts to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from activity in the energy, water, waste, and transportation sectors will be paired with efforts to sequester—or draw down—carbon dioxide and other GHGs from the atmosphere, so that by the year 2045, no new net greenhouse gases will be emitted. In addition, the City will explore efforts to enhance the community’s resiliency to future climatic changes as well as to adapt to changes that are already underway.

Climate Action Plan Update Timeline


CAP Update Timeline
City staff is working closely with a technical consultant to update community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories, conduct future GHG emissions forecasting, and create a preliminary list of CAP measures to be vetted by staff, key stakeholders, and the community. Staff has already conducted robust community engagement efforts such as hosting community workshops and surveys; meeting with key stakeholder groups (e.g., youth, seniors, businesses, cultural organizations, and affordable housing developers); and presenting to relevant City boards, commissions, and committees.

Past Community Workshops


Climate Action Plan Community Workshop - September 2020


In September 2020, the City hosted the first Climate Action Plan Community Workshop. 
A recording, presentation slides, and polling results from the first Climate Action Plan Community Workshop are available below:

Climate Talks Week - February 1-5, 2021


The first week of February 2021, the City hosted a series of virtual community conversations on key areas of the Climate Action Plan update. Each talk included information on potential climate measures and the road ahead, insights from area experts, and an open discussion for participants to voice their questions, ideas, and concerns. The recordings of each Climate Talk and presentation slides are available below:

CAP Consider.it Online Forum


From December 2020 to February 2021, the City hosted an online community forum to gather public input on potential short and long term CAP measures—many of which would require partnership and support from other agencies to achieve. Using the forum, community members commented on suggested measures, proposed new ideas, and responded to feedback submitted by other participants. To view the feedback received, please visit the online forum at Fremont.gov/CAPConsiderIt.

Community Action


Climate action is a team sport, and community participation is key to the success of the City’s climate change goals in the near and long term. There are several ways community members can share their perspective and take action on climate:

  1. Sign up for the Fremont Green Challenge to log your sustainability and climate actions. Earn points and compete against your friends and neighbors as you do your part to move Fremont towards its climate goals.
  2. Take climate action where you are. Do you have an idea about how your organization, company, or neighborhood can help address climate action in Fremont? Lead an initiative, organize a group, or hold a virtual event. Feel free to reach out to the Sustainability team by email if you have ideas or questions.
  1. 2012 CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
  2. GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
  3. 2019 POST-CARBON FRAMEWORK

The City passed its first 
Climate Action Plan in 2012 with the goal of reducing municipal and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 from a 2005 baseline level. Some implementation successes include improving bike and pedestrian infrastructure, upgrading City streetlights with high-efficiency LEDs, requiring all businesses to recycle, and establishing mandatory solar requirements for new residential construction. 

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