City adopts new goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from city operations to 15 percent by 2015.
Phoenix is one of the first cities in the state to develop a Climate Action Plan, which defines how the city will reduce emissions from city operations. The greenhouse gas reduction measures in the plan also expand the city’s use of solar and other renewable energy, reduce energy use, support alternative fuels and help achieve a more a sustainable future.
The 2009 Climate Action Plan defined how the city would achieve a goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from city operations to 5 percent below the 2005 levels by 2015. In 2012, three years ahead of schedule, the city achieved its goal with a 7.2 percent decrease from 2005 GHG emissions. These findings were revealed in the 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Report. The most significant GHG reduction programs included:
- advanced methane capture systems at city-owned landfills;
- biodiesel and ethanol alternative fuels;
- energy-efficient streetlights, traffic signals, water and wastewater upgrades;
- energy efficiency measures in more than 45 city buildings; and
- various city solar power projects.
In January 2014, City Council adopted a new goal to reduce GHG by 15 percent by 2015 compared to 2005 emission levels for City operations. In additional, City Council approved that the city coordinate regional stakeholders to develop a regional GHG Emissions Inventory to include not only City operations, but also residential, commercial and industrial sources. View the Jan. 7, 2014 City Council Report.
More Information About Climate Change
- 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Report
- 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for Government Operations
- 2009 Climate Action Plan
- Resolution Adopting Goal of 5% reduction in GHG emissions from City Operations by 2015
- 2005 Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory