Municipal Carbon Footprint

Analysis of fiscal year 2013 municipal greenhouse gas emissions shows that over 57% of municipal greenhouse gas emissions are from the combustion of natural gas. The remaining 38% are from transportation fuels and 5% from communitywide wastewater emissions. Further details can be downloaded here.


The Board of Supervisors and the Mayor of San Francisco committed to reduce community wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 1990 levels by 20% by 2012, 25%by 2017, 40% by 2025 and 80% by 2050.

From 2005 through 2008, San Francisco voluntarily reported GHG emissions  from its municipal operations to the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) using the General Reporting Protocol.

In 2008, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance requiring each department to track their carbon footprints and develop an annual Departmental Climate Action Plan (DepCAP). Read the latest set of Departmental Climate Action Plans.

In 2012, ICF International completed third party verification of the City’s fiscal year 2010 municipal GHG inventory. In 2015, ICF International completed third party verification of the City's fiscal year 2012 municipal GHG inventory.

Related Content

Emission Factors and Methodologies Used for San Francisco Municipal Greenhouse Gas Inventory Calculations (PDF)

Addtional Resources

Historical municipal GHG inventories by City departments (Tableau Public)
San Francisco Municipal Greenhouse Gas Inventory dataset (SF OpenData)

Emission Factors Used for San Francisco Municipal Greenhouse Gas Inventory Calculations (PDF) - Emission factors and methodologies used for San Francisco's municipal greenhouse gas inventory calculations