Boulder Achieves 13 Percent Reduction in Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The progress continues during a time of economic and population growth in the city
2016 emission inventory shows progress towards Climate Commitment goals alongside economic and community growth
The City of Boulder achieved a 13.4 percent reduction in community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2016 as compared to a 2005 baseline, according to the city’s annual analysis of the most recently available data. This progress continues during a time of economic and population growth in the city, making the reductions even more meaningful.
The conclusions of Boulder’s current GHG inventory were made public in the city’s annual report , released today. These results are also available on the city’s dashboard, Boulder Measures , which shows that Boulder is “on track” to meet both its 2020 target and its overall Climate Commitment goal of an 80 percent community-wide reduction in emissions by 2050. The report also outlines the work still to be done to achieve these goals, such as transitioning to clean electricity, promoting electrification and advancing more sustainable building codes.
“In addition to showing progress towards the community’s goals, the greenhouse gas inventory is an important tool in helping inform local policy and program design,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Kendra Tupper. “This inventory shows community progress on emissions reduction, but also on other important measures like lower on-road emissions and progress towards zero waste goals.”
The city has published inventory reports since 2005 as a way of measuring progress of emission reduction initiatives funded by the Climate Action Plan tax. These inventories are often completed several years later based on when complete data becomes available. Boulder’s inventory follows the Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions (GPC), which is the required protocol for the city’s Global Covenant of Mayors commitment. For the 2016 inventory, Boulder streamlined its annual emissions reporting to follow the BASIC level reporting categories, which will allow Boulder to better compare its progress and emissions trends over time to other cities around the world. The Global Covenant of Mayors is a worldwide effort to highlight the leadership of cities in addressing climate change and demonstrating the collective impact of city efforts.
Boulder City Council adopted the Climate Commitment in December 2016. The Climate Commitment goals call for an 80 percent reduction in communitywide emissions by the year 2050 (compared to the same 2005 baseline used in recent inventories), as well as a switch to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. These goals recognize both what scientists are saying about the need for immediate action, as well as experiences Boulder has had in recent years with climate change, most notably fires and floods.
For more information about the City of Boulder 2016 Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report, including a helpful infographic, please visit https://bouldercolorado.gov/climate/boulders-community-greenhouse-gas-inventory . Information about the city’s climate strategy and programs is available at www.boulderclimate.com .
Attached: An infographic produced by the city to describe the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
Published: January 18, 2018
Alexis Bullen, Sustainability Communications, 303-441-1878
Kimberlee Rankin, Climate + Sustainability, 303-441-4227