The City utilized the data collected in the Community-wide and Local Government Operations inventories to identify and categorize the major sources and quantities of GHG emissions. The data provides a framework on which to base objectives and strategies that specifically address Benicia's emissions sources. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) organizes these objectives and strategies into the following focus areas:
In addition, there are 3 Principles that will assist the City to achieve its reduction goals:
Principle 1. Expand the Role of the Internal Green Team
The group is comprised of City staff assigned to infrastructure and facility management and maintenance, utility management, fleet maintenance and procurement, material supply procurement, transit management, and policy development. The group will develop and implement, with senior City management approval, policies and programs that relate to greenhouse gas reduction, green operations, and forward-thinking climate protection planning.
Principle 2. Annual GHG Reduction Monitoring Report
Creating a system to track strategy indicators and performance measures is crucial to measure reductions and program effectiveness. The CAP Coordinator will develop a tracking system that measures reductions on a project-by-project basis and includes annual or lifetime analysis of GHG reductions and if appropriate, any financial savings or returns associated with each project. The CAP Coordinator will compile annual monitoring reports that examine project-by-project reductions as well as complete two additional GHG inventories to measure overall reductions since 2000 (baseline year).
Principle 3. Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Industrial and Commercial Sector.
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Industrial and Commercial sector is critically important given the significant emissions associated with the sectors. The City will actively engage the business community to work together to develop strategies that add value to the businesses through efficiency and infrastructure, while reducing GHG emissions.