Climate Recovery Summary

The City of Eugene is a national municipal leader in climate change policy, planning, and action. From the City’s work to develop the Sustainable Business Initiative in 2006, to the development of its first Community Climate Action Plan in 2010, to the adoption of its Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO) in 2014, Eugene continues to push forward in taking steps to address climate change.


**Visit the CAP2.0 webpage to see the latest steps in developing Eugene's new Climate Action Plan including the dates for the next round of Large Lever Shareholder meetings.**

History


In 2010, Eugene created its first Community Climate and Energy Action Plan, joining a growing list of forward-thinking cities around the world that are addressing climate change and energy challenges through dedicated planning efforts.

In 2014 the Eugene City Council took national leadership on climate action by adopting the 
Climate Recovery Ordinance, updated in 2016 to include some of the strongest greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in the nation.

Now, in 2018, the City of Eugene is updating the Climate and Energy Action Plan. The 
Climate Action Plan 2.0 will serve as the community's strategy to put Eugene on the path toward meeting the community goals set by the 2016 Climate Recovery Ordinance and to increase our community's resilience to the likely impacts of climate change. 



Carbon Neutral Operations



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 gas 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%.

Reducing Fossil Fuel Use


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.