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File #: 21-2386   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: City Council Special Meeting
On agenda: 4/8/2021
Posting Language: Briefing on the 2019 Greenhouse Gas Inventory and an update on the implementation of the SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. [David McCary, Assistant City Manager; Douglas Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer]
Attachments: 1. Staff Presentation
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DEPARTMENT: Office of Sustainability

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Douglas R. Melnick, AICP, ISSP-SA, CNU-A

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: All

SUBJECT: A briefing on the 2019 Greenhouse Gas Inventory and an update on the implementation of the SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.

SUMMARY:

The SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) was approved by City Council on October 17, 2019 and serves as a pathway to meeting the City's commitments to climate action as outlined in City Council's resolution of support for the Paris Climate Agreement on June 22, 2017. The Office of Sustainability and several partners have initiated many elements of the CAAP in 2020 and this briefing will provide the results of the 2019 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, an overview of the Cost-benefit Analysis of Key Climate Strategies and 2019 Municipal Energy Benchmarking Reports, and an overview of current strategies and priorities related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

On June 22, 2017, City Council passed Resolution No. 2017-06-22-0031R in support of the Paris Climate Agreement; directing city staff to develop a plan to help San Antonio meet the objectives of this agreement. On October 17, 2019, City Council adopted the CAAP by Ordinance 2019-10-17-0840.

The CAAP identifies twenty-eight (28) community mitigation, thirteen (13) municipal mitigation, and forty-five (45) adaptation strategies and sets the target of net carbon neutrality by 2050.

SA Climate Ready focuses on:
* Promoting equity and environmental and climate justice;
* Reducing emissions and improving air quality and public health outcomes;
* Reducing unnecessary energy consumption, lowering energy bills and saving money for residents, businesses and institutions;
* Increasing economic competitiveness and access to job opportunities; and
* Building community resilience to current and future climate impacts, including extreme weather events.

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