Update on the Climate Action Plan to the Commission on Environment New Developments Establishment of Climate Action Coordinator in the Energy Division of the Department of the Environment Position filled by Melissa Capria, former Senior Program Officer for ICLEI on the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Campaign. Melissa’s ICLEI work included technical assistance on the development of the SF Climate Action Plan. Start date was 9/19/05. Position reports directly to Cal Broomhead, Energy Programs Manager. Initial tasks include assessing opportunities available through membership in ICLEI, the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) and the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). Core of the Climate Action Coordinator work plan is dedicated to implementation of the Climate Action Plan as well as updating the greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Additional tasks include tracking regional, state and national developments in climate policy, conducting meetings of the Climate Action Plan Working Group and processing a resolution by the Board of Supervisors to accept the Climate Action Plan. Executive Order S-3-05 – establishing aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets for the State of California (see: www.climatechange.ca.gov) Governor Schwarzenegger announced the Executive Order at World Environment Day in San Francisco on June 1, 2005. The long-term target is one of the most aggressive set anywhere: Short term - By 2010, Reduce to 2000 Emission Levels Mid term - By 2020, Reduce to 1990 Emission Levels Long term - By 2050, Reduce to 80 percent Below 1990 Levels The Secretary of CalEPA is leading a Climate Action Team made up of Secretaries of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Resources Agency, the Chairperson of the Air Resources Board, the Chairperson of the Energy Commission and President of the Public Utilities Commission. Department of Environment staff has begun attending public meetings of the Climate Action Team. The Team will be presenting their first report to the Governor and Legislature on how to reach the State reduction targets in January 2006. Next Steps: Full implementation of the Climate Action plan will require coordination between the Departments that are responsible for reducing emissions from municipal operations (primarily buildings, fleet, water/sewage, outdoor lighting and traffic signals, and waste generated by municipal operations) with the Department of Environment as the lead agency. To achieve the level of coordination necessary to achieve San Francisco’s emissions reduction goals the Department of Environment will set up an interdepartmental working group. These Departments are also responsible for providing the data necessary to track emissions to the Department of Environment. The level of reporting required by regimes such as the CCAR and CCX is more rigorous than San Francisco’s current greenhouse gas emission tracking. In order to meet the rigorous reporting requirements it will be important to have high level support to dedicate staff time to these activities in the relevant Departments.
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