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Citywide Actions and Goals

One of the first cities in the nation to take up the climate challenge, San Francisco has continued to lead the way by developing policies and taking action to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. Over the past 22 years, San Francisco reduced its carbon footprint by 23.3% from 1990 levels, even as the city’s economy and population grew.

The city is now pursuing emissions reductions in energy, transportation, and waste. Consistent with the scientific community’s recommendations to reduce emissions by 80% to stabilize our climate system, San Francisco has adopted goals to reduce emissions below 1990 levels.

Emission Reduction Goals:

  • 20% reduction by 2012
  • 25% reduction by 2017
  • 40% reduction by 2025
  • 80% reduction by 2050


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U.S Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement

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