Portland OR – A progress report on Portland’s Climate Action Plan shows carbon emissions have gone down 26 percent since 1990. The city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Multnomah County Office of Sustainability recently released a two-year progress report on efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Climate Action Plan is a three-year push to get the city to hit its goal of a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and an 80 percent drop by 2050.
The City Council was given a progress report last week, according to a news release. By the end of 2010, emissions had dipped 6 percent below 1990 levels, compared to the 12 percent in the same period nationwide. Multnomah County saw a 26 percent drop since 1990, according to the report.
“We’re making solid progress on our ambitious Climate Action Plan goals, in part because we’re creating a more connected city. Portlanders now have more low-carbon options to get to school and to work, more efficient ways to heat and power their homes and new ways to deal with household waste,” Mayor Sam Adams said. “I’m excited to see this progress continue as we implement the Portland Plan.”
The report highlights the reduction in the purchase of gasoline in the county, curbside food composting, and an increase in the use of clean energy sources as some reasons for the progress.
“No single action, nor single entity—public, private, non-profit, or individual—is responsible for these accomplishments,” said Susan Anderson, director, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. “Instead, they are the result of many thousands of people, businesses and organizations taking action every day—at home, at work, and at play.”
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