The City has the aspirational climate goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2035! Reaching carbon neutrality means balancing greenhouse gas emissions with removal from the atmosphere, or achieving net zero carbon  emissions.

To reach this target, the City is updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP will serve as a roadmap to carbon neutrality through measuring community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and developing bold climate action strategies.

Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) identifies solutions to address and reduce carbon emissions generated by the Santa Barbara community. 

There have been many advancements in climate  policy, science, technology, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets since the City’s first CAP in 2012. Notably, the City achieved the GHG emissions target of 1990-level total carbon emissions by 2020 set by the Global Warming Solutions Act (State AB 32) and the 2012 CAP. Since then, our City set an ambitious goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2035 – 10 years earlier than Governor Jerry Brown  statewide goal. Reaching carbon neutrality means achieving net zero emissions by removing as much GHG emissions from the atmosphere as we emit. 

The City has also adopted several new ambitious goals, such as using 100% renewable electricity by 2030. To incorporate these updates and set new emission targets the City is updating the CAP scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The City is working on a new Climate Action Plan with an updated carbon reduction target of carbon neutrality by 2035, community-wide greenhouse gas inventory, and innovative climate action strategies.

Learn about the City’s Together to Zero climate campaign and join the movement!

Social equity and climate justice are a priority in the CAP update. Learn more about the City’s efforts here!


Carbon Neutrality