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What is the SANDAG Climate Action Data Portal?

The Climate Action Data Portal is an online resource for climate planning data for the San Diego region. “Climate planning” refers to the process of preparing for and reducing the effects of climate change in local planning. The Climate Action Data Portal builds off of the SANDAG Regional Climate Action Planning Framework (ReCAP), a guidance document that establishes regionally consistent methods for climate planning. Jurisdictions in the San Diego region use this framework to identify best practices for preparing, updating, or implementing a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The Climate Action Data Portal provides online access to the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and climate activity data included in the ReCAP Snapshots.

What is ReCAP? What is the ReCAP Snapshot?

The Regional Climate Action Planning Framework, also known as “ReCAP”, is a regional guidance document prepared by SANDAG. ReCAP aims to identify best practices and guidance for preparing Climate Action Plans (CAPs) and monitoring implementation over time. ReCAP establishes a technical framework for regionally-consistent climate action planning, while preserving flexibility for local jurisdictions to address its unique needs and circumstances.

The ReCAP Snapshots are climate planning monitoring reports that are available to the jurisdictions SANDAG serves through the Roadmap Program. The ReCAP Snapshots assist jurisdictions with monitoring community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and/or CAP implementation over time. Each ReCAP Snapshot includes a GHG inventory, jurisdiction quick facts, and climate activity data for a designated year.

It is important to note that: 1) the ReCAP Snapshot is meant to support a jurisdiction’s efforts to monitor and report on CAP implementation; 2) Climate planning activities vary by jurisdiction and are dependent on a variety of factors, such as funding and staff capacity. For jurisdictions without an adopted CAP, the ReCAP Snapshot provides data that can help inform ongoing or future CAP development, and other sustainability plans and initiatives. View a more detailed FAQ on the ReCAP Snapshots.

What is included in the Climate Action Data Portal?

The Climate Action Data Portal includes the following data:

In general, data is available at the local level (by jurisdiction) and at the regional level. The Climate Action Data Portal also includes the ability to graph GHG inventory and climate activity data over time to best visualize trends.

How were the activity data selected?

Activity data were selected based on input from the local jurisdictions and the following criteria:

What is the relationship between the greenhouse gas emissions inventory, climate activity data, and each Climate Action Plan?

A Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a long-range plan that outlines specific activities a jurisdiction will implement to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This includes an analysis of community-wide GHG emissions and reduction target(s).

The GHG emissions inventory provided in the Climate Action Data Portal (and in the ReCAP Snapshots, available for download) quantifies GHG emissions based on the methodologies described in ReCAP, aligning with best available transportation data. In comparing the most current GHG inventory to prior inventories and reduction targets in a jurisdiction’s CAP, it is important to consider how the current data and methods may differ from prior analyses and identify where direct comparison may not be possible. View a summary of how current GHG inventory data and methods differ from previous inventories.

Furthermore, because the climate activity data are meant to be regionally consistent, the activities may not align precisely to the GHG reduction measures or the metrics identified in a jurisdiction’s individual CAP. Each jurisdiction will have unique GHG reduction measures and may identify specific metrics for monitoring CAP implementation that are not included in the Climate Action Data Portal or in the ReCAP Snapshots. The ReCAP Snapshots are meant to supplement a jurisdiction’s implementation and monitoring program.

How often will the Climate Action Data Portal be updated? How often will the ReCAP Snapshots be prepared? Will other activity data be added?

The Climate Action Data Portal will be updated annually with the most up-to-date data that is available. It is important to note that not all data are reported annually.

SANDAG plans to provide updated local GHG inventories and ReCAP Snapshots every two years. As technology advances and data sources and methods evolve, content in the Climate Action Data Portal and ReCAP Snapshots may change, including methodologies for preparing GHG emissions inventories and climate activity data reported.

As data becomes available and additional activity data becomes more refined and commonplace, future topics not currently addressed may be added, including GHG emission trends over time, environmental justice, social equity considerations, climate adaptation, and resiliency.

Is there data for each jurisdiction in the San Diego region?

The Climate Action Data Portal and ReCAP Snapshots currently include GHG inventory and climate activity data for 15 of the 16 cities that are part of the SANDAG Roadmap Program; the Roadmap Program does not include the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, and the City of Chula Vista. The City of Coronado has postponed participation in the ReCAP until substantial progress has been made on their CAP. In addition to the 15 Roadmap cities, the City of Chula Vista partnered with SANDAG to prepare ReCAP Snapshots.

When was the Climate Action Data Portal last updated?

The Climate Action Data Portal was launched and last updated in the summer of 2020.

Who developed this website?

SANDAG developed the Climate Action Data Portal in partnership with HNTB and the Energy Policy Initiatives Center at the University of San Diego School of Law. The development of the Climate Action Data Portal was primarily funded through a Caltrans grant, with additional funding provided by California utility customers and administered by the San Diego Gas & Electric® Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Where can I find a local jurisdiction's adopted Climate Action Plan?

As of August 2020, the following local jurisdictions in the San Diego region have an adopted Climate Action Plan (click on a jurisdiction for more information):