The Board of Supervisors finds that:
In 2002, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 158-02 that called for the City to develop plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2012.
In 2004, the Department of the Environment and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission issued “The Climate Action Plan For San Francisco,” which included an accounting of greenhouse gas emissions associated with City activities, an accounting of greenhouse gas emissions within the City and County of San Francisco but not associated with City operations, and emission reduction recommendations for transportation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and solid waste management sectors.
City Departments, under the leadership of the Department of the Environment and on their own initiative, are engaged in various undertakings to implement the recommendations in “The Climate Action Plan,” and are making steady progress in certain areas toward the 2012 goal.
In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger issued Executive Order S-3-05 which established Statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for California as follows: by 2010, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels; by 2020, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels, and by 2050 reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels.
In 2006, California enacted AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. (CA Health and Safety Code Section 38.500 et seq.) which requires the California Air Resources Board to determine the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990, set that 1990 level as the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level to be achieved by 2020, and to adopt and implement statewide plans, protocols, rules and regulations to achieve and exceed the 2020 goals.
It is the intent of the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors to protect the health and welfare in a manner that compliments state and federal efforts to improve air quality by exercising a leadership role in mandating local actions to reduce global warming, and, in particular, to call upon City departments and the private sector to integrate emission reduction measures into their standard operating procedures in order that the City meets and exceeds the greenhouse gases emissions established in this Ordinance.
(Added by Ord. 81-08, File No. 071294, App. 5/13/2008)