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Caltrans Activities to Address Climate Change Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Adapting to Impacts

Created: 11/29/2016 - Updated: 1/16/2019


This report provides a comprehensive overview of activities undertaken by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt the state’s transportation system to prepare for the impacts of climate change. It also identifies opportunities for additional reductions in GHG emissions and climate adaptation activities that Caltrans may wish to consider in the future.

The goals of the report are to:

  • Help spread information about best practices in GHG mitigation and climate change adaptation among Caltrans staff working in different divisions and districts, as well as among other transportation agencies;
  • Aid staff at other state agencies in identifying potential opportunities for collaboration with Caltrans in efforts to meet statewide GHG reduction and energy efficiency targets; and
  • Inform the public about the status of Caltrans’ initiatives to address climate change.

The report qualitatively discusses activities that are underway across Caltrans divisions and districts, and provides quantitative information on GHG reduction initiatives wherever possible.

Published On

Monday, April 15, 2013


State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Infrastructure damage
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Sociopolitical Setting: