On April 10, 2014, Austin City Council passed Resolution 20140410-024, establishing a new long-term goal of reaching net zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, or earlier if feasible. Office of Sustainability Climate Program staff have organized planning efforts to develop energy, transportation, waste, and industrial sector-based action plans to meet this goal. This discussion board will serve as an opportunity for the community to provide ideas and potential actions to consider for the plan. For more information about the project (and to see presentations and meeting notes), please visit the project website.
Electricity and natural gas production (and the correlated demand) create over 50% of the greenhouse gases (mostly CO2 and methane) in our community. Our homes and office buildings are the main points of electricity and natural gas use, along with the appliances within them.
What actions should the Austin Community Climate Plan include related to reducing CO2 from electricity and natural gas production and use?
- Energy efficiency
- Renewable energy
- Rebates/incentives for efficient appliances
- Demand response
- Time of use metering
The transportation sector is responsible for ~37% of the greenhouse gases in our community. Within the transportation sector, over 90% of the emissions are from on road vehicles like passenger cars and trucks.
What actions should the Austin Community Climate Plan include related to reducing CO2 from the transportation sector?
- Mass transit investment (bus, rail)
- Maximize electric vehicle uptake, widespread plug-in infrastructure
- All ages, protected bikeways
- Last mile solutions to connect between transit options (bikeshare)
- Private sector trip reduction strategies (carpool, virtual meetings)
- Integrate with Land Use - compact and connected vision from Imagine Austin
Landfills (and the correlated materials that go to them) create ~3% of the greenhouse gases in our community. The decisions that residents and businesses make regarding recycling, composting, reuse of materials and other zero waste strategies greatly impact this sector.
What actions should the Austin Community Climate Plan include related to reducing CO2 from the waste sector?
- Increase construction and debris recycling
- Food waste collection for residences and/or businesses
- Support consumer product takeback programs
- Install more public recycling bins