The City of Livermore adopted the 2022 Climate Action Plan (CAP) on November 28, 2022. The 2022 CAP was the first comprehensive update to the City's original 2012 CAP. The City prepared the 2022 CAP in collaboration with technical consultants, key stakeholders, a citizens advisory committee, and the Livermore community.
The purpose of the CAP is to protect public health and the environment, foster a green economy, and improve the quality of life for all Livermore residents. The 2022 CAP is a roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, adapt to extreme weather, deploy reliable and renewable energy, conserve habitat and biodiversity, and ensure equitable access to the benefits of a sustainable city. Livermore will leverage the community’s greatest strengths, including cutting edge research facilities, technical and agricultural expertise, and an engaged network of residents, businesses, and institutions, to establish itself as a climate leader and implement the actions outlined in the plan.
Climate Action Plan at a Glance
Climate Action Plan Goals
Prepare the community for climate impacts.
Establish a pathway to carbon neutrality.
Establish the City as a climate leader.
The Climate Action Plan outlines actions to build community-wide resilience to climate impacts in Livermore, including drought, extreme heat, and flooding.
The Climate Action Plan includes updated actions that build off of existing GHG reduction efforts in Livermore. Implementing these actions with set Livermore on a path to carbon neutrality by 2045.
The Climate Action Plan outlines specific actions the City will take to address climate change in its own operations. The City will set an example for other cities to follow.
Climate Impacts in Livermore
The City prepared a vulnerability analysis to evaluate the potential impacts that climate change will have on Livermore's community assets and populations. The analysis provided a deeper understanding of Livermore's vulnerabilities and served as a foundation for the climate adaptation strategies and actions included in the CAP to increase communitywide resilience. Chapter 2 of the CAP and Appendix B in the document list below include more information about this assessment.
Sources of Emissions in Livermore
The City completed a communitywide greenhouse gas emissions inventory to measure emissions from various sources in Livermore. The GHG inventory helped the City identify strategies to reduce its emissions and will help the City monitor progress reducing emissions and achieving reduction goals.
The chart below shows Livermore's greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2017. Livermore's inventory includes emissions from residential and commercial energy use in buildings, on-road passenger and commercial transportation, off-road transportation, landfilled waste, water, and wastewater. The majority of Livermore's emissions come from transportation and building energy.
See appendix A in the document list below for more information on the methodology and data sources. The City is currently preparing a new GHG inventory for the year 2022.
Livermore's Emissions Targets
The City established a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2045, consistent with State targets. The actions in the 2022 CAP will set the City on a pathway to reach that target. The City will monitor its progress overtime and update the CAP to incorporate additional strategies based on new legislation and advancements in technology.