7 RECOMMENDATIONS for Mountain View

We are promoting seven steps we believe to be critical to insure that Mountain View achieves it's climate change goals.

Specifically:

  1. Set annual GHG emission budgets through 2050 that meet or beat AB 32 (2006) and SB 32 (2016) mandates. We recommend that the budgets follow a “constant percent” reduction path, not a “constant amount” path.
  2. Prioritize high impact GHG reduction programs. Estimate the “cost per metric ton of CO2e” for every proposed GHG reduction program and do the most cost-effective programs first.
  3. Insure that the emissions budget is balanced every year. Measure the community’s GHG emissions annually and publish a comparison of actual emissions to the emissions budget as early in the following year as possible.
  4. Following #3, in years when emissions are lower than the budgeted level, “bank” the difference to offset emissions in future years. In years when emissions exceed the budgeted level and previously banked credits are not available, purchase and retire certified unbundled Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to balance the emissions budget.
  5. Eliminate the GHG impact of large new developments. Starting in 2018, require occupants of large new non-residential and mixed-use buildings to purchase 100% GHG-free electricity in perpetuity for the portion of their usage that exceeds what is generated on-site or at a dedicated off-site renewable energy facility.  PG&E, SVCE, and direct access electricity suppliers will all offer 100% GHG-free electricity in the Bay Area by 2018.
  6. Starting in 2020, require developers of large new non-residential and mixed-use buildings to submit an estimate of the non-residential portion of the building’s lifetime GHG emissions, using a standard third-party-developed methodology that includes the GHG impacts of vehicle travel to and from the development, before receiving construction permits.
  7. Starting in 2022, require developers of large new non-residential buildings to purchase and retire enough certified RECs to offset the non-residential portion of the building’s estimated lifetime GHG emissions prior to receiving an occupancy permit.

We will be promoting these steps to our city council and other key stakeholders. Let us know what you think, and if you can help.