SCH Number 2022060082
- Cupertino Climate Action Plan Update and CEQA GHG Emissions Thresholds
- The City of Cupertino is preparing the CAP Update as an update to the Cupertino 2015 CAP. The CAP Update includes measures and supportive actions addressing communitywide GHG emissions. The City is committed to a 3.39 metric tons (MT) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per capita GHG emissions reduction target (i.e., 60 percent below 1990 levels) by 2030 and a long-term goal of carbon neutrality by 2040. This 2030 GHG emissions goal was selected to be consistent with and exceed California Senate Bill 32 State emissions targets, CEQA, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District guidelines for a qualified GHG emissions reduction strategy, and to be achievable by City-supported actions identified in the CAP Update. To achieve the Cupertino 2030 GHG emissions target, the City has developed 21 CAP measures related to building energy, transportation, waste, water/wastewater, carbon sequestration, and climate change adaptation. In addition, the City of Cupertino proposes to adopt quantitative CEQA GHG thresholds for use in evaluating whether a plan or project’s GHG emissions would result in a potentially significant environmental impact under CEQA for plans or projects with pre-2030 buildout or initial operation years. The CEQA GHG thresholds would be applied to plans or projects that cannot tier from the environmental analysis for the Cupertino CAP Update.
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