Sustainability

Hayward to consider revising emission reduction goals

November 26, 2019

In September 2018, former Governor Jerry Brown signed Executive Order #B-55-18, committing California to economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2045. To help achieve the State’s ambitious goal, the Hayward City Council Sustainability Committee has recommended increasing the urgency of Hayward’s own greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.  

Existing fossil fuel-reliant vehicles and infrastructure in communities across the globe make it difficult for any jurisdiction to bring carbon dioxide and carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions (collectively referred to as greenhouse gas emissions) down to true zero. As such, carbon neutrality is a net elimination of emissions – not an absolute one. To achieve carbon neutrality, Hayward will have to displace more emissions than it generates – which will require revising land management practices and investing in carbon capture technology as it becomes available, among other strategies.

On December 12, the Hayward Planning Commission will consider the revised goals, which will require an amendment to the City’s 2040 General Plan. If recommended by the Planning Commission, the goals will be brought before the City Council at their December 17 meeting. The new goals were recommended by the City Council Sustainability Committee at their October 30 meeting, and are listed below:

Current Goals, Adopted 2014

New Goals Under Consideration

20% below 2005 levels by 2020

30% below 2005 levels by 2025

62.7% below 2005 levels by 2040

50% below 2005 levels by 2030

82.5% below 2005 levels by 2050

100% below 2005 levels by 2045

Members of the public interested in attending the upcoming meetings can find more information regarding the Planning Commission meeting here and the Council meeting here. Community input on these proposed emission reduction goals is encouraged and can be sent directly to Hayward’s Sustainability Specialist, Nicole Grucky, at nicole.grucky@hayward-ca.gov.