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county framework to guide the decarbonization of the regional economy | New

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San Diego County announced the development of a science-based approach to decarbonizing the region’s economy, called the Regional Decarbonization Framework. Decarbonization, in simple terms, is about reducing gases in the atmosphere that trap heat. The aim is to achieve a balanced carbon cycle in nature.

This will be the nation’s first truly localized effort and is designed with the expertise of UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Faculty’s Center for Energy Policy Initiatives (EPIC). law from the University of San Diego. This framework, led by the Supervisory Board of January 27, 2021, will help steer the region towards zero carbon emissions.

The framework will recommend pathways for the following sectors of the San Diego County economy: energy, land use, transportation, industry and construction. To build the framework, UC San Diego will use six technical experts in energy, transportation and building systems to chart carbon-reducing pathways in the region.

To ensure that equity is respected in the framework and local government policies that follow, EPIC will compare recommended RDF policies to existing local government policies and identify gaps that should be addressed to include underserved communities.

“San Diego County is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and creating lasting change that will benefit generations to come,” said Sarah Aghassi, Deputy Executive Director.

“We are proud to partner with UC San Diego and EPIC who will provide the technical and analytical expertise necessary to create this scientific framework that guides future policy decisions. “

The county recently hosted a week of focus groups with representatives from business, labor and the environment to better understand their perspectives. These will be followed by a public workshop on September 13. The environmental injustices that underserved communities in the region have suffered to date in terms of air quality, infrastructure, jobs and housing are a key consideration influencing the development of the framework.

All stakeholder input will help shape the consultant reports of our university partners who will form a draft framework scheduled for public release in November 2021. This will then be considered by a technical working group and additional community workshops. The Council will consider adopting a final framework in early 2022.

“The collaboration with San Diego County is an example of the strengths of the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy in developing policy analyzes that help address the complex challenges of our time,” said Chancellor of UC San Diego Pradeep K. Khosla.

“In this case, the school is creating a scientific framework to help inform policies that will improve the lives of San Diego residents and address the critical need to reduce CO2 emissions.

The framework is a vision document developed collaboratively as part of a local public-private partnership. The approach will serve as a model for other local governments across the country. The real results of decarbonization will come from its adoption and the implementation of policies adopted by various jurisdictions.

“By bringing together businesses, workers, the environment and community stakeholders, we have our best chance of tackling climate change locally and improving our collective future,” said Murtaza Baxamusa, program manager of the County Land Use & Environment Group for regional sustainability.

Climate change has economic, social and environmental impacts. It has immediate and long-term effects on our communities, ecosystems, food production, health, safety, jobs, businesses and overall quality of life in the San Diego area.

The regional framework is different from the updated County Climate Action Plan (CAP) which is uniquely managed by the county, limits greenhouse gases from activities only under municipal control of the county and is linked to its general plan.

More information on the framework, including the public workshop on September 13, is available on its website.