The Town of Atherton's Climate Action Plan (CAP),  was approved by City Council at its October 19, 2016 meeting.
This document sets long term goals to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission levels to 16% below the 2005 emissions by the year 2020, and 49% below 2005 levels by the year 2030. Atherton is working actively towards the implementation of this document, and ensuring that the town remains healthy and sustainable for years to come. 
  • The key objectives of Atherton's CAP are:
    • To demonstrate environmental leadership
    • To promote energy and water efficiency
    • To promote creativity and innovation in pursuit of state environmental initiatives
    • To promote sustainable development and activities
    • To create programs and incentives to foster these goals 
    • To build resiliency in our community
  • The town has developed tangible measures which it plans on taking on in order to ensure that greenhouse gasses are successfully reduced

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Overview

Total greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors in the town. You can compare current emissions against emissions goals.

Natural Gas Consumption

Total residential and commercial natural gas use within the town. You can look at current natural gas consumption in relation to emissions and electrification goals.

Electricity Consumption

Total residential and commercial electricity use within the town. You can look at current electricity consumption in relation to emissions and energy efficiency goals.

Changes in Energy Savings and Incentives

Between late 2014 and early 2016, PG&E programs changed with oversight of California Public Utilities Commission CPUC resulting in overall less claimable savings, for example reduction in deemed measure savings and incentive alignment. The CPUC ended some programs while other programs delivered less savings due to reduced market potential.

Electricity and Natural Gas Savings

Electricity and natural gas savings in gross kilowatt hours (kWh) and gross therms (thm).

Claimed Energy Efficiency Incentives

Claimed incentives, in dollars, from PG&E energy efficiency programs for commercial and residential customers. This shows when businesses and residents have taken advantage of incentive programs.

Municipal Operations Energy Efficiency

Shows metric tons of carbon dioxide (MT CO2) avoided annually when cities implemented energy efficiency projects though PG&E administered programs like San Mateo County Energy Watch.

Solar Power Installations

Capacity of solar systems installed (kW) for the year and number of solar systems installed for each year.

Peninsula Clean Energy ECO100 Opt-ups

Residential and commercial accounts that have opted-up from ECOPlus to ECO100 which means a shift from 50% to 100% renewable energy.

Solid Waste Contribution to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Short tons (2,000 pounds) of solid waste contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. This captures both landfilled waste emissions and alternative daily cover emissions.

Waste Disposal Per Capita

Pounds of waste generated per person per day for both residents and employees (i.e. those who commute to work in the town).