Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We care about total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the community because it is an indication of how much we are contributing to climate change. When fossil fuels like natural gas and gasoline are burned GHG emissions trap heat in the atmosphere and disrupt the climate, leading to extreme weather events, droughts, and a rising sea level.
GHGs have a natural heat trapping capacity which varies by gas. Humans produce more carbon dioxide (CO2) than any other GHG. We count emissions of GHGs based on how each GHG’s heat trapping capacity compares to CO2s. This is called the CO2 equivalent (CO2e). We measure GHGs in metric tons of CO2e (mtCO2e)
Actions to Address GHG Emissions
The City’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) maps out the actions and supporting measures that will help Encinitas achieve its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2020 and 2030.
Encinitas' Greenhouse Gas Emissions
From 2012 to 2013, there has been a slight decrease in overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Encinitas. In order to reach our 2020 and 2030 reduction targets we all need to take action to be more efficient in how we use energy in our homes and our cars and how much we waste and send to the landfill.
How Our GHGs Breakdown
This pie chart shows us that transportation accounts for more than half of our emissions. This refers to the gasoline and diesel fuel from all the vehicles in our community- your cars, the city buses, etc. Any step we take to reduce the number of trips we take in the car will help. Simple examples include, biking and walking to those places that you can, carpooling to work, and riding public transit.
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Despite population growth, Encinitas achieved a small reduction in GHG emissions in only one year (from 2012-2013) due to the success of energy efficiency and solar programs.
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Projections Report indicates that our biggest emissions challenge is transportation- the cars, trucks, buses, and trains we travel in.
Encinitas anticipates that the Community Choice Energy Program will be the largest contributor to meeting its 40% below 2012 by 2030 GHG emissions reduction target.
Help Us Meet Our Goals
Consider an electric or hybrid car!
Did you know SDGE offers a credit on your electric bill if you drive an electric or plug-in hybrid?More Information
Reduce Electricity Use at Home.
One way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Encinitas is to reduce the amount of electricity we need. Using EnergyStar Appliances at home is a great place to start. Take advantage of rebates through SDGE.More Information
In December 2016, Ordinance 2016-12 banned the use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam food service ware containers in Encinitas, due to their impact on the environment. The Ordinance included a six (6) month grace period for all affected establishments to get into compliance. That grace period ended on Friday, June 16, 2017.Full Article
The City of Encinitas was recently honored by the Climate Action Campaign with the “Agents of Change” Award. The Climate Action Campaign is a San Diego-based organization with a mission to stop climate change through policy action. Encinitas earned the distinction for leading the exploration of a Community Choice Energy program.Full Article
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- San Diego Union Tribune