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San Francisco Aims To Reach Net-Zero Emissions By 2040

By Jamie Ferrell

San Francisco Aims To Reach Net-Zero Emissions By 2040

The city hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 61% by 2030.

Mayor London Breed just introduced legislation to update the City’s Environment Code, which builds on the success of previous years. The legislation, which aims to increase the city’s ambition in the fight against climate change, was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors yesterday.

Here are some of the main goals for the future:

  • Become a net-zero emissions city by 2040
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 61% below 1990 levels by 2030
  • Adopt “0-80-100 Roots” framework – that is, zero waste, 80% low-carbon trips, 100% renewable energy, and “Roots,” which means sequestering emissions with nature-based solutions

Mayor Breed also prioritizes the advancement of racial and social equity, protecting public health, and community wellness goals in conjunction with these climate goals.

“San Francisco has long been a national and international leader on climate action and environmental policies, with programs like CleanPowerSF and requiring new construction to be all-electric,” said Mayor London Breed. “Now we must build on these successes and push even further, because our future depends on it. These new, bold targets put us on track to reduce our emissions more quickly—with the urgency that climate change demands and with social and racial equity at the forefront of our work.”

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This year, San Francisco was ranked as the second-best US city for clean energy progress. As wildfires rage across the state during another scorching summer, climate legislation is an essential step for protecting our future.

 

Featured image: Photo by Chris Leipelt on Unsplash