San Francisco Department of the Environment

San Francisco Municipal Decarbonization Report 2016

The City and County of San Francisco has an ambitious goal of achieving 80% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from 1990 baseline levels by 2050, as laid out in its 2004 Climate Action Plan. San Francisco has made steady progress towards this goal thus far, exceeding its 2012 reduction goal to 23% below the 1990 baseline, despite significant local economic and population growth during that period. However, in order to maintain this progress, the City seeks to lead by example through demonstrating significant reductions in its own operational GHG emissions. Since municipal buildings represent 57% of City operational GHG emissions, it will be necessary to dramatically reduce or eliminate natural gas use in city buildings in order for San Francisco to meet its carbon neutral goals in its own operations. 

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