In 2010, Eugene created the Community Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP), joining a growing list of forward-thinking cities around the world that are addressing climate change and energy challenges by planning with vision and creativity. The CEAP is unique because it addresses three separate, related goals: reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, reducing community-wide fossil fuel use, and identifying strategies to help the community adapt to future changes.
The Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO) adopted in 2014 and updated in 2016, is our community’s next step toward fulfilling these efforts. We are planning to update the CEAP beginning in 2017.
The Climate Recovery Ordinance sets a goal for the City of Eugene’s operations to be carbon neutral by 2020, meaning no net release of greenhouse has emissions. 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. The CRO contains a community goal to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions to an amount that is no more than the city of Eugene's average share of a global atmospheric greenhouse gas level of 350 ppm, which was estimated in 2016 to require an annual average emission reduction level of 7.6%.
The CRO includes goals for the City organization and the community to reduce fossil fuel use by 50 percent from 2010 levels by the year 2030.