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Denver Seeks Public Input on Strategies to Achieve Climate Action Plan Goal

Today, Denver’s Department of Environmental Health (DEH) released a new stakeholder report and launched a public outreach effort to solicit input on potential targets and strategies to achieve Denver’s Climate Action Plan goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2050 (80x50).

The city released an updated Climate Plan with the 80x50 goal in 2015. To help identify potential strategies to reach the goal, the city convened a stakeholder group that included leaders from the business, industry, government and community sectors with diverse expertise, perspectives and backgrounds to identify and vet potential targets.

The newly released report, 80x50 Climate Goal: Stakeholder Report, outlines a comprehensive list of strategies, targets, and vision statements that lay the groundwork for Denver in the short-, mid- and long-term to meet the 80x50 Climate Goal.

Targets are divided into stationary (energy use) and mobile (transportation) sectors and include recommendations such as:
- Requiring all new buildings in Denver be built to net-zero standards by 2035
- Increasing transit use among commuters to 16 percent by 2030
- Powering electric vehicles with 100 percent renewable energy by 2030
- Switching from fuel derived from fossil fuels (natural gas and propane) to low-carbon fuel sources and/or electric heat for 50 percent of heating needs by 2050

To view the full list of strategies and targets, visit www.denvergov.org/80x50.

Those who live and/or work in Denver are encouraged to take a survey and provide comments on the report by October 31st, 2017. Based on the 80x50 Climate Goal: Stakeholder Report and the public input, Denver will be releasing its strategies for reaching the goal. More information on the survey can be found at www.denvergov.org/80x50.
The 80x50 Stakeholder group included Denver City Council Members Robin Kneich, Paul Kashmann, representatives from Xcel Energy, Rocky Mountain Institute, Energy Outreach Colorado, Western Resource Advocates, Department of Energy, Downtown Denver partnerships, American Lung Association, LiveWell Colorado, and more.

Lotus Engineering and Sustainability facilitated and created the report.