A Collaborative Effort to Lower the Region's Carbon Footprint

The Regional Decarbonization Framework (RDF) is lead by the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Justice (OSEJ), facilitating collaborative action that moves the entire San Diego region to zero carbon emissions by mid‐century in buildings,  transportation, energy supply, food systems, and land use sectors.

Contact us at osej@sdcounty.ca.gov for any questions. 




Use the Let's Get There Playbook

The Let's Get There Playbook offers a menu of actions to reduce GHG emissions that can be taken by organizations, local governments and agencies, and anyone in the region.

Please watch our engagement portal registration tutorial here to learn more about the portal registration process.

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Attend an Event

Collaborative Events like workshops and regional convenings are an essential part of the RDF work.

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Receive RDF Updates

Stay up to date with RDF news, events and publications.



Past Meetings: RDF Items

January 17, 2023: Update on Regional Decarbonization Framework: Draft Implementation Playbook - Memo

August 31, 2022 (5): Receive an update on the Integrated Regional Decarbonization Framework and Design of Implementation Playbook

March 16, 2022 (5): Receive an Update and Approve a Contract Related to the Integrated Regional Decarbonization Framework 

February 9, 2022 (6): Receive the Report on the Draft Local Policy Opportunity Analysis as part of the Regional Decarbonization Framework Update

November 17, 2021 (6): Update on the Regional Decarbonization Framework

July 14, 2021(3):  Framework for the Future: Developing a Regional Sustainability Plan Update

January 27, 2021 (3):  Framework for the Future: Developing a Regional Sustainability Plan to Guide San Diego County Towards a Zero Carbon Future

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why do we need this framework?

    The global climate is changing, and we directly feel and see the effects of that change locally, in our communities, daily. This includes a higher frequency and intensity of extreme heat events, droughts, wildfires, storms and sea-level rise. Furthermore, a changing climate is causing immediate and long-term damage to our ecosystem, food production, health, safety, jobs, businesses, and our overall quality of life in the San Diego region. We need a coordinated response in our region to climate change.

  • Why is the County of San Diego leading this effort?

    The County’s Board of Supervisors directed staff on January 27, 2021 (3) to develop a framework for a regional zero carbon sustainability strategy in partnership with the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy which includes ways to achieve zero carbon emissions in the region. The Board acknowledged the adverse impacts of climate change across the region and recognized the leadership role that the County should take in climate planning.

  • What is “decarbonization”?

    Simply put, decarbonization is about reducing the gases in the atmosphere that trap heat. The goal is to achieve a balance of the carbon cycle in nature, so that the planet stops warming. 

  • Why would other jurisdictions get involved in the decarbonization framework?

    There are several regional sustainability efforts underway, including those by the San Diego Association of Governments. However, this is a unique effort to chart out the pathways in reducing carbon across the region. We anticipate participation by other jurisdictions because this will help us all reach our climate action goals. It will also foster collaboration among various municipalities and position our region to attract state and federal resources.

  • What are the key sectors that were studied?

    Some of the key sectors considered in this study are energy, transportation and land-use, and buildings and industries.

  • How is this different from the Climate Action Plan (CAP) the County is updating?  

    The CAP mitigates greenhouse gas emissions associated with existing and new development governed by the County’s 2011 General Plan. The Regional Decarbonization Framework is not linked to any specific land-use, transportation or energy plan. It will be a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors.

  • How will businesses be impacted by the Framework?

    The framework is a vision document being developed in partnership between the public and private sectors. It will identify the pathways to decarbonize the economy and consider the impacts of such pathways on existing businesses and workers. It will also identify new business opportunities in the less-polluting pathways. The adoption of regulations to implement the framework, by any local government would be within their authority.

  • How can I provide input in the Framework?

    Please email the team at osej@sdcounty.ca.gov and/or visit our Engage site.