City sets goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050
Set a reduction target: A greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 80% by 2050 has been set. View press release.
Create a strategy to meet that target: A Draft Emissions Reduction Plan has been released (see below).
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.
Why does reducing greenhouse gases matter?
In Louisville, climate change is causing temperatures to rise and more extreme weather events to occur. These changes are leading to more frequent rain events and flooding, challenges in food productions, more rapidly aging infrastructure, and higher energy costs. These emissions also affect the health of our residents. Higher greenhouse gas emissions contribute to adverse health outcomes including respiratory and cardiovascular stress and asthma.
For more information on the Prepare Louisville campaign to increase our resilience to extreme weather, click here.