The Climate Action Playbook is a plan for how our community can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change. Just as a sports playbook identifies a team’s winning strategies for achieving success on the field, the Climate Action Playbook contains winning strategies to meet California’s new targets for deeper emissions reductions. We are aiming to reduce emissions by:
- 56% below 1990 levels by 2030 (exceeding the State’s 40% by 2030 target), and
- 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
The Playbook lays out the following path to achieving these targets:
- Six key Strategies that outline the overarching approach for bold climate action
- Eighteen Plays within the Strategies that identify areas for action and measurable targets to define progress
- Game Plan 2023, which contains 46 “Next Moves” (specific actions) that the City and community can collectively take to address climate change.
As of 2021, Sunnyvale’s community-wide emissions were 31% below 1990 levels, which are defined as 15% below 2008 by the California Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32. Although the 2020 emissions show us much closer to our 2030 target, we cannot expect this reduction to last. Most of the reductions in emissions were due to the countywide shelter in place imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more details about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on emissions below.