Green Business and Industry

Overview of Objective

Commercial businesses and industrial facilities in Richmond use large quantities of natural gas and electricity for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, computers, electronics, refrigeration and other office equipment and processes. Many also emit significant quantities of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) that have an outsized impact on atmospheric warming, including industrial refrigerants like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Implementation Strategies

The strategies under this objective will help reduce emissions of GHGs, SLCPs, and criteria pollutants, leading to cleaner air and better public health.
  • Reduce Industrial Carbon Emissions
  • Green Workforce Development
  • Support Green/Clean Technology Incubator Programs
  • Support Participation in Local Energy and Green Business Programs

Green Business Program

Contra Costa County Green Business Program, as part of the California Green Business Network, provides certifications to businesses that demonstrate compliance with certain environmental regulations and that implement certain practices and procedures that are considered environmentally sustainable. Some of these practices include waste diversion through enhanced recycling and composting, environmentally preferable purchasing policies, best practices in source reduction (i.e., double sided printing, reduced printing, and/ or reduced junk mail) and reuse of waste materials where possible.

Chevron Refinery Flaring Incidents

The City of Richmond is providing the number of flaring incidents at the Chevron Richmond Refinery as provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Air District regulations aim to cut emissions from flares by reducing their number and size. The Air District also requires petroleum refineries to monitor flares and file monthly reports.
Chevron is required to submit an annual Flare Minimization Plan. These plans describe each flare at a given facility, the equipment and procedures used to reduce flaring, and any other measures needed to prevent flaring. Additional information can be found on BAAQMD's refinery flare monitoring webpage.

Richmond Refinery Vent Gas Volume Flared

The refinery flare monitoring data is derived from reports submitted by each refinery to the Air District on a monthly basis.
The refinery vent gas volume flared represents reported data for each flare that is subject to the requirements established in the Air District’s Regulation 12, Rule 11. 
More information can be found on the Air District's website

BAAQMD Permits and Point Source Emissions

The Air District is responsible for the issuance of air quality permits for stationary equipment in the Bay Area and the management of the resulting air emissions (pollutants). An air quality permit is a document that gives the permit holder authorization to build equipment and/or to operate that equipment. Each project is evaluated before a business can build and operate their equipment to ensure that all air quality requirements are met.

Community Air Monitoring

Higher temperatures and drier summer conditions produce higher levels of ozone which could lead to declines in air quality and negative impacts to respiratory and cardiovascular health. Air quality data is highly correlated with 1) CAP actions such as transit oriented development to reduce vehicle trips; and 2) health outcomes such as fewer emissions of criteria air pollutants. 
Richmond has a wealth of air quality information made available by the Richmond community fenceline program.

Employment Survey

Currently 36% of Richmond residents work in Richmond.
The City will work with the local business community to capitalize on emerging clean technology economic opportunities in energy, transportation, land use, and general consumption. Local jobs creation will create more employment options and reduce the need for City residents to commute to distant employment centers.

Green Jobs Training

RichmondBUILD is a public private partnership aimed at providing job training and hands-on experience in solar installations and green industry businesses. This unique training opportunity delivers a triple benefit: participants experience effective, real-world training in solar installation; homeowners receive a solar system financed by a low-interest loan that immediately reduces their energy bills; and the planet benefits from a reduction in carbon emissions.