Overview

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.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL DATA AND PROPOSED REDUCTION STRATEGIES ON THIS SITE ARE DRAFT.

mtCO2e

Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent

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)

Data & Targets
  • 483,773

    mtCO2e

    2012

    Baseline
  • 479,994

    mtCO2e

    2013

  • 421,481

    mtCO2e

    2020

    Short-Term Target
  • 285,426

    mtCO2e

    2030

    Long-Term Target
Data & Targets
2012

Baseline

483,773

mtCO2e
2013

479,994

mtCO2e
2020

Short-Term Target

421,481

mtCO2e
2030

Long-Term Target

285,426

mtCO2e

Actions to Address GHG Emissions

The City’s draft updated 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.

 

Charts & Graphs

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?

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  • 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.

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Recent Updates for Encinitas
No More Foam Food Service Ware Products

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.

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Encinitas unveils Draft Climate Action Plan

The City of Encinitas just unveiled its draft Climate Action Plan. The Draft Plan includes detailed Actions and Supporting Measures the City will implement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 41% of 2012 levels by 2030.

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