The Climate Recovery Ordinance sets a goal for the City of Eugene operations to be CARBON NEUTRAL by 2020. Carbon neutral means that there is no net release of CO2. The city will use a variety of tools to reach this goal and to date has been an early innovator in reducing carbon emissions, with investments in hybrid vehicles and biofuels, energy efficient heating and lighting and higher standards for new buildings like City Hall. This renewed commitment puts us at the forefront in taking meaningful action on climate change.
Community Fossil fuel use will be cut in half by 2030. We’re already on a path to reach this goal – natural gas consumption is down 12% since 2006 and gas and diesel use is down 17% during that same period. We’ll be working with EWEB, University of Oregon and our other community partners to build on this success.
350 by 2050
Our climate action goals, like those of many cities, focus on reducing carbon pollution relative to historic levels. These goals are important but the best science is now telling us that these aren’t enough, that we need to reduce carbon pollution to a safer level, at or below 350 parts per million in the atmosphere, a goal we are calling 350 by 2050.
As required by the Climate Recovery Ordinance, staff is currently developing a proposal for a new 350 ppm goal for Eugene. The proposal will be presented to City Council for their consideration.