In December of 2015, the Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) released an updated Climate Action Plan. As part of that plan, Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced Denver’s goal of reducing community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2050 (80x50). Mayor Hancock also commited the City to pursuing a robust stakeholder process to identify and vet potential strategies to get Denver to that goal.
Following the Mayor's announcement, DDPHE hosting a thorough stakeholder process supported by Lotus Engineering & Sustainability.
Those who live and/or work in Denver were encouraged to provide input on the 80x50 Climate Goal by taking a survey which closed in 2017. The 1,700 survey results provided additional considerations to strategies, targets and visions developed by the 80x50 Climate Goal Stakeholders.
Soon, DDPHE will release the 80x50 Climate Goal Action Plan, the culmination of all these efforts. The Climate Goal Action Plan will outline specific actions to meet the 80x50 Climate Goal, leading Denver toward a cleaner, more sustainable future. Stay tuned for more details.
Technical Advisory Committee
This committee worked to create a broad list of transformative systems-based approaches to GHG reductions within four distinct sectors: Mobile Supply, Mobile Demand, Stationary Supply and Stationary Demand. This group drew from academic/non-profit expertise and research institutes related to the four sectors. The group's outcome formed a summary matrix of potential strategies to achieve the 80x50 GHG reduction goal but will not be limited by advanced analysis of economics, feasibility or other constraints.
This group worked to integrate the summary matrix into a larger transformative framework. These systems thinkers wove together the technical, financial, market, regulatory and social factors that impact energy systems into a plan that meets the 80x50 target. They provided insight into the opportunities, barriers and “ground truthing” of the advisory committee’s initial list of strategies. The task force identified the barriers and opportunities presented by the technical committee’s recommendations and categorized short-, medium- and long-term strategies, ensuring they are equal to or greater than the projected necessary reductions.