Dec 03, 2015
Mayor Michael B. Hancock today renewed Denver’s leadership in the effort to prevent the worst effects of climate change by releasing an updated Climate Action Plan. The plan sets a long term greenhouse gas reduction goal to reduce emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050 and calls for a robust stakeholder engagement process to identify strategies to achieve the goal.
Released during the opening remarks of the city’s first-ever Sustainable Denver Summit at the University of Denver, the plan is part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.
“Climate change is an issue of global concern that impacts every aspect of our quality of life,” Mayor Hancock said. “We have a responsibility to do everything we can to preserve and protect our children’s future, and I believe establishing a long-term goal sets us on the right path.”
In 2013, Denver released the 2020 Sustainability goals, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to below 1990 levels by 2020. The Climate Action Plan takes another bold step to set a goal that will impact generations to come.
"Panasonic is committed to a sustainable future. We understand the importance of reducing CO2 emissions in our operations and have made great strides toward this goal globally. Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, as a proud new corporate citizen of Denver, looks forward to introducing green and renewable technologies that can support the city’s sustainability goals,” said Jim Doyle, President, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company.
The approximately 40-page plan can be viewed here, and includes:
Recent data on current and future climate change impacts specific to Denver and Colorado:
Identifies Denver’s largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions:
Identifies Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals:
Developed by Denver’s Department of Environmental Health in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, the plan includes the latest climate science, including current and future impacts on Denver. It was developed after a thorough review of 350 strategies, activities, and best practices from more than 30 cities locally, nationally and globally. Additional input was gathered through a community engagement process.
The release of Denver’s Climate Action Plan follows on the heels of Mayor Hancock signing on to the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of leaders who have pledged to track and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and Denver’s Sustainable Denver Summit, a gathering of more than 250 government, industry and community leaders committing to take steps to address Climate Change.
For more information or to view Denver’s Climate Action Plan as well as the Climate Adaptation Plan, visit www.denvergov.org/climate. For more information about the Sustainable Denver Summit, visit https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/office-of-sustainability/summit.html.