The City of Austin has a long history of sustainability leadership. In 2007, Austin City Council adopted a resolution to “make Austin the leading city in the nation in the effort to reduce the negative impacts of global warming” and established a goal aligned with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reduction targets.
On December 12, 2015, the world reached an important milestone in planning for climate change with the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Agreement confirmed a target of keeping the rise in global temperature below 2°C and committing all 196 signatory countries — including the United States — to update and report back on their climate action plans every five years. Despite the U.S. pulling out of the agreemement, many major cities like Austin are well poised to meet the targets outlined in the agreement.
Council has adopted three resolutions with specific greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets:
In June of 2015, Council adopted the Austin Community Climate Plan to achieve community-wide net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The plan contains over 130 actions that will reduce emissions from energy, transportation, and materials and waste sources, and sets interim reduction targets for 2020, 2030, and 2040. Our office is currently working on updating the plan. Learn more about that effort here.