Livermore Climate Action Plan to be Updated


The Climate Action Plan (CAP) was adopted by the Livermore City Council in Nov. of 2009. This plan implemented policies from the General Plan Policy and aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to, “15 percent below 2008 conditions by 2020.”


With ongoing issues caused by climate change, such as the increase in droughts, still present in the community, the CAP will be updated. The update began in Jan. of 2020 and will be finished in the fall of 2021 after the City Council has adopted the plan. Within the update, a “roadmap” will be established, outlining the actions that can be taken to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.


Additionally, the revised plan will include resilience and adaptation strategies to prepare the city for the ever-changing climate. To “choose the best actions for a healthy and resilient future,” the Climate Action Plan update page, released by the Livermore Climate action plan advisory committee, advises all members to participate.


The webpage explains that in order to update the CAP, there are seven steps, beginning with the establishment of a Climate Plan Advisory Committee made up of residents. In this committee, greenhouse gas sources will be noted and measures to reduce them will be discussed.


Within the committee, strategies to reach the reduction goals and prepare the city for the effects of climate change will be identified. Following this, the steps that need to be taken will be outlined. Afterward, stakeholders and the community will be encouraged to provide input on the plan. Finally, the 2020 CAP will be adopted by the City Council.


The webpage also explains what a carbon-neutral future will look like, and hypothesizes how the lifestyle of individuals who live in a carbon-neutral future will be different. 


“Livermore residents will use buildings and appliances powered by renewable energy,” the web page says, and, “walk, bike, and use public transit and electric cars to get around.”


Additionally, remaining greenhouse emissions will be “balanced out by techniques to remove carbon from the air and store it, including planting new trees along city streets, managing water and soil in public lands, and exploring new technologies.”


At the bottom of the page is contact information and a comment box to encourage curious Livermore residents to reach out and ask questions.