The District held workshops in September 2017 to discuss and gather input on greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation strategies in Santa Barbara County. See Workshops on GHG Mitigation Strategies for more information on that process. 

Feedback from Workshops

The District received verbal and written input from many individuals before, during and after the workshops. General comments and input have been summarized; see General Input Received. Specific input on the different strategies that were discussed have been added to the Strategies documents below. One additional strategy was also added, titled “Renewable gas trucks.” 

For individual letters sent to the District before and after the workshops, see below:

Strategies 

This spreadsheet presents scenarios for each measure with estimates of potential costs and benefits. This is presented for comparison purposes only and it is expected that the actual costs and benefits of any implemented measure could be different.

Background

Greenhouse gas “mitigation” in this context means reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) to address increases from specific land-use projects or as part of local climate action plans. Because GHGs are a global pollutant, mitigation can potentially occur anywhere in the world to offset locally generated GHG emissions. However, local mitigation efforts could achieve additional local benefits. 

For land-use projects, the District’s role under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is to review projects to be approved by lead agencies (usually, the city governments or County government) and assess whether air quality impacts have been adequately evaluated and mitigated. The District recommends that lead agencies prioritize GHG mitigations to occur first on site, then near the site, then within California, and, only if other options have been exhausted, outside of California.

Ultimately, any decision about whether to implement a particular mitigation measure as part of the CEQA process would rest with lead agencies. CEQA mitigation measures must be quantifiable and enforceable, and they must go beyond regulatory requirements. 

Additional Information

Information on the County’s and cities’ planning departments and climate action plans

Information on the District’s website: