Climate Change

SCAQMD’s Historical Activity on Climate Change

For the last two decades, as part of its efforts to reduce local air pollution, SCAQMD has promoted a number of programs to combat climate change. For instance, SCAQMD has promoted energy conservation, low-carbon fuel technologies (natural gas vehicles; electric-hybrids, hydraulic-hybrids, and battery-electric vehicles), renewable energy, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction programs, and market incentive programs.

SCAQMD’s first formal action to fight greenhouse gases (GHG) occurred in 1991, with the issuance of its Policy on Global Warming and Stratospheric Ozone Depletion, targeting a transition away from chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as an industrial refrigerant and propellant in aerosol cans.  In the early 1990s, SCAQMD adopted several regulations regarding ozone depleting compounds which served as models for state and federal agencies.

SCAQMD has a long tradition of environmental stewardship practices and policies internally, as well. For years, SCAQMD has utilized a 10 hour-4 day work week.  This reduces employee VMT by 20%.  SCAQMD has also been a pioneer with its successful rideshare program.  Our fleet consisting mainly of clean fuel vehicles that are made available for staff to use during workdays.  SCAQMD works to be energy independent and to employ green practices.  We have a large solar panel array on the roof of the SCAQMD headquarters, as well as various waste reduction and recycling programs.  SCAQMD tracks its GHG emissions, has adopted a Green Policy, and has a Green Team comprised of top management and union representatives from all departments of the agency.

SCAQMD has recently adopted the Air Quality-Related Energy Policy, which integrates air quality, energy, and climate change issues in a coordinated and consolidated manner.

Press Releases

Meetings, Forums & Public Notices

Climate Change Committees & Working Groups

Public Meetings

  • Climate Change Forum - LA City Hall, Chambers Office (October 14, 2010)

Public Notices

Greenhouse gas reduction projects

Rules & Protocols

CAPCOA GHG Rx Proposed Forestry Protocols

Policies & Publications

Fact Sheets & Brochures