Climate Action Plan
|Aug 10, 2018|
In Sept of 2022 the County's consultant produced an inventory of GHG emissions in the county as of 2019 and a projection of those emissions through 2030 as a baseline for their Climate Action Plan.
The County is now hoping to expand their Climate Action Committee to include the municipalities in a regional plan. NVR 3/4/23: Napa County seeking grant for regional climate action plan
In late 2019, after the failure of the County's 2019 Climate Action Plan DEIR to offer significant solutions to what had by then become a climate crisis, the county and the county's municipalities joined forces to form the Climate Action Committee.
After more than a year's hiatus, stalled by the climate induced fires of Oct. 2017, a threatened lawsuit and concern over a Sonoma court ruling that Sonoma's CAP did not take into consideration "life cycle" GHG emissions in their CAP, the Napa County Climate Action Plan is back on the agenda with only modest modifications to the January 2017 Plan. More information about the 2017 plan and the interim is in the posts below.
The County's Climate Action plan Page (now gone)
The 2017 Climate Action Plan (with proposed markups)
May 2019 Climate Action Plan
The breakdown of GHG's in the county includes 31% generated by buildings and 26% generated by transport, the 2 largest producers of GHG's. The Plan itemizes the 5 greatest GHG reducers in the plan:
The two big areas of GHG production, building energy use and transportation representing 57% of the total, are being attacked at the state level so the efforts that the county is proposing are small indeed: renewable powered residential water heaters and van-pooling. But there are more holistic approaches to land use that the county could take to limit GHG production than the modest technical tweaks proposed.
Two such areas: 1. stop expanding the tourism industry into the remote areas of the county and concentrate it those areas accessible to public transport. 2. Stop converting the GHG sinks represented by the county's forests, woodlands and shrub-lands into GHG producing agriculture and estate homes.
The original ag preserve efforts, which remain the soul of the county's self image if not the reality, used zoning and ordinances to limit urban development in the county. That same commitment is again needed in an era where developers don the cloak of the county's agricultural heritage while they build on the open land that remains as a result. The CAP was an opportunity to take on the ever expanding urban development continuing to pump up GHG's (and community concern) in the county. Unfortunately the CAP proposals are just aimed at making that urban development more palatable and probable.
Aruna Prabhala LTE 6/27/19: Your Turn: Napa County needs bolder plan to fight the climate crisis
NVR 6/22/19: Napa County hones climate action plan; cities to be asked to join in
NVR 6/17/19: Climate action plan heads to Napa County's Planning Commission for comments
NVR 4/23/19: Napa County looks at coordinated climate protection effort with cities
NVR 3/13/19: Napa Valley Grapegrowers coordinates with global wine industry on climate change
Wine and Water Watch 7/28/17: Judge Rules Climate Action 2020 Plan Violates CEQA
Space Daily 5/7/18: Tourism nearly a tenth of global CO2 emissions
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Napa Climate Summit
Climate Action Committee
Climate Action Plan DEIR 2019
Wine tourism and global warming
Napa County CAP returns
CAP and Mountain Peak
Climate Action Plan Public meeting #1
The Climate Action Plan Nov 5th and 9th
Climate Action Plan 2 at the BOS
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