Through its Carbon-Free Future work, BARC and its member agencies provide support to Bay Area cities, counties and community-based organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit exposure to harmful air pollutants. BARC supports community-led processes to reduce emissions and pollution exposure while working to advance policies and programs that reduce fossil fuel use and move the Bay Area towards increased use of clean energy. Through this work, BARC is supporting the Bay Area’s role as an international leader in building a carbon-free future.
Buildings are a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in cities, primarily through the burning of natural gas for space and water heating. Local governments in the Bay Area are leading the way to reduce these emissions through ambitious measures to cut fossil fuel use, including policies to reduce or prohibit natural gas use in buildings, more stringent building codes, and incentives to assist in the purchase of cleaner appliances. BARC and its member agencies support the successful implementation of these efforts, which serve as model policies for other jurisdictions both in California and globally.
Community Air Protection
In 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown signed Assembly Bill 617, which established the Community Air Protection Program to reduce exposure to air pollution in communities that face disproportionate impacts. The bill directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and local air districts around the state, including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), a BARC member agency, to take measures to reduce exposure in these communities. BARC is working with BAAQMD, along with local and regional partners, to build support and capacity for these community-led emissions reduction actions at the regional level.