City sets goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050
In December 2018, Louisville Metro joined with cities across the globe in setting a science-based target to reduce its community-wide greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, cities play a major role in climate action efforts, as 70% of greenhouse gas emissions come from cities. Greenhouse gases get trapped in the atmosphere, which causes warming and leads to climate change. These gases are emitted when we drive, turn on the lights in our homes and buildings, and when waste breaks down in the landfill, among other sources. See press release here.
Louisville's Emissions Reduction Plan
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) was created to set Louisville on a path to achieve its 80% reduction target. The strategies included in the plan were derived from best practices demonstrated by peer cities and reflect our best understanding of where current trends will take us in the years ahead. As a forward-looking document, the ERP is intended to be flexible in nature as new and improved technologies, regulatory changes, and our connection with the global economy continue to drive change in our community.
Louisville Metro also recognizes that since its 80% reduction target was set, recent scientific reports have expressed the need for more urgent and accelerated action to avoid irreversible impacts of climate change (see 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming). In response, we will pursue more aggressive actions that propel Louisville beyond the 80% reduction target and improve the health and quality of life of residents for generations to come.
To see the comments received during the Public Comment Review Period, click here.