On May 21, 2019, the City Council adopted a community-wide goal of an 80 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The City of Raleigh is preparing a Community-wide Climate Action Plan (CCAP). We are evaluating goals, actions and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We anticipate completing the plan document in 2020. CCAP is engaging experts in climate science, energy, equity, buildings, development, and the Raleigh community to help set targets and develop emissions-reduction strategies that enhance well-being for all members of the community.
In 2012, we released our municipal Climate Energy Action Plan, a plan to reduce GHG emissions from our own operations, buildings, and vehicles. Since then, we have seen a 19% reduction in municipal emissions. In this same time period, GHG emissions from our community increased by two percent. Community-wide, our GHG emissions come from energy use in buildings (including homes and businesses), transportation (mostly from single-occupancy vehicles) and waste- from day to day decisions we all make in our daily lives. The Community-wide Climate Action Plan will include practical strategies to reduce our emissions in all of these categories across the city.
We in the City of Raleigh have committed to taking action on climate change in our Strategic Plan and 2030 Comprehensive Plan. These guiding documents establish the vision and priorities of our City Council and our residents and guide the actions of City departments and staff. Across City departments, we are working to reduce the use of energy and fossil fuels, to increase the resilience of our infrastructure, and to prepare our communities for the impacts of climate change.
The following documents and reports provide background information on our past climate work.