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BAAQMD Climate Action – Go Solar
July 20 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
1. Air District Support for Paris Climate Agreement – Under2 MOU and the We Are Still In sign-on letter.
Staff recommends that the Air District participate in the Under2 Coalition and the We Are Still In sign-on statement, as these allow the Air District not only to make a strong, highly visible public statement, but to back that statement up with a commitment to action.
The Under2 Coalition pre-dates the Paris Climate Accord and highlights the important role that sub-national jurisdictions have been playing in the effort to protect the climate. Signatories to the Coalition sign a “Global Climate Leadership MOU”, committing to reducing GHG emissions at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Signatories must back up this commitment by demonstrating adopted targets and action plans. Participating in the Under2 Coalition will enable the Air District to join the ranks of major metropolitan regions and cities around the world that are taking aggressive action to reduce GHG emissions. A total of 176 jurisdictions worldwide have signed on to the Under2 MOU, including the State of California and the cities of San Francisco and Oakland.
The We Are Still In sign-on letter was created in direct response to President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. We Are Still In invites interested parties to sign on to a statement to demonstrate to the Trump Administration and the international community that major sub-national leaders in the United States are still committed to ambitious action on climate change. Beyond signing the statement there is no substantive obligation. Signing the We Are Still In letter allows the Air District to make a strong, public statement on the specific issue of the President’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, and signing the Under2 Coalition MOU backs that statement up with a commitment to action.
2. Bay Area Model Solar Ordinance Project
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is implementing the New Solar Homes Partnership, with a goal of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on 50 percent of all new homes statewide by 2020. CEC staff have recently drafted a model local ordinance requiring installation of solar PV panels on new residential construction. An important long-term objective of the Air District’s 2017 Clean Air Plan is to “decarbonize the energy system,” in part by making electricity carbon free. In support of this objective, the Plan calls for increasing the use of on-site renewable energy in buildings by developing model ordinances for local governments. In Fall of 2016, the Air District began collaborating with the Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) – through ABAG’s Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) project – to develop a toolkit to help local governments adopt a model solar ordinance for new residential construction, based upon the CEC’s draft ordinance.
BAAQMD Board Climate Protection Committee