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Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) - Resources

District Policy & Guidance

To assist Lead Agencies, project proponents, permit applicants, and interested parties in assessing and reducing the impacts of project specific greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) on global climate change, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (District) has adopted the guidance: Guidance for Valley Land-use Agencies in Addressing GHG Emission Impacts for New Projects under CEQA and the policy: District Policy – Addressing GHG Emission Impacts for Stationary Source Projects Under CEQA When Serving as the Lead Agency. The guidance and policy rely on the use of performance based standards, otherwise known as Best Performance Standards (BPS) to assess significance of project specific greenhouse gas emissions on global climate change during the environmental review process, as required by CEQA. Use of BPS is a method of streamlining the CEQA process of determining significance and is not a required emission reduction measure. Projects implementing BPS would be determined to have a less than cumulatively significant impact. Otherwise, demonstration of a 29 percent reduction in GHG emissions, from business-as-usual, is required to determine that a project would have a less than cumulatively significant impact. The guidance does not limit a lead agency’s authority in establishing its own process and guidance for determining significance of project related impacts on global climate change.

Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) Resources

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District CCAP Development Process

The District’s Governing Board adopted the Climate Change Action Plan in August 2008. More information on the Governing Board Mandates can be found below:

This new plan will assist local land-use agencies, Valley businesses, and the District in complying with State and Federal mandates. Interested parties are invited to participate in two technical workgroups to provide input in the development of CCAP recommendations to be presented to the District Governing Board. The two workgroups are the Greenhouse Gas CEQA Guidance workgroup and the Carbon Exchange Program workgroup.

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