San Francisco adopts new targets to fight climate change
San Francisco’s board of directors unanimously approved a set of goals to combat climate change and set new goals to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the city.
The Mayor of London Breed announced the adoption of the ordinance, which she co-sponsored with supervisors Rafael Mandelman and Ahsha Safai.
In his press release, Breed said the city has long been a leader on climate policy.
“Now we have to build on those successes and go even further, because our future depends on it,” Breed said. “These bold new goals put us on track to reduce our emissions faster – with the urgency that climate change demands and with social and racial equity at the forefront of our work.”
The ordinance updates the City’s environmental code, targeting six areas: energy, transport, housing, buildings, zero waste and roots.
Two main objectives are the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 61% compared to 1990 levels by 2030 and the achievement of net zero emissions by 2040 (while making it possible to sequester all residual emissions at using nature-based solutions).
By adopting the ordinance, the City has committed itself to a framework called “0-80-100-Racines”, where “0” refers to a goal of zero waste, “80” refers to a goal of 80% of low-carbon travel, “100” refers to a target of 100% renewable energy and “Roots” refers to carbon sequestration by natural systems.
The ordinance requires the city to prepare a climate action plan by the end of the year, a roadmap to achieve the objectives voted on Tuesday.