The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted the Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) in May 2015. The ECAP established a goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the unincorporated county by 15 percent below 2007 levels by 2020 and outlined strategies to help reach this goal. GHG emissions from non-regulated activities throughout the unincorporated county were approximately 1,192,970 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (MTCO2e) in 2007. Figure 1 illustrates the relative contribution of different GHG emissions sources. On-road transportation (44 percent) and building energy use (30 percent) are the largest GHG emissions contributors.
The ECAP identifies quantifiable actions that the County and community can take to reduce GHG emissions. The ECAP includes 53 actions, referred to as emissions reduction measures (ERMs), which are aggregated into 11 core strategies. Figure 2 illustrates the core strategies and the contribution that each strategy makes to the overall amount of GHG emissions that are estimated to be reduced to meet the 2020 GHG reduction target. The successful implementation of the core strategies—minus Community Choice Energy (CCE)—is estimated to reduce emissions of the unincorporated county by 190,180 MTCO2e, which exceeds the needed reductions to meet the ECAP's 2020 target.