Portland carbon emissions down 26 percent since 1990
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Portlanders are responsible for 26 percent fewer carbon emissions than they emitted in 1990.
Portlanders are now responsible for 26 percent fewer carbon emissions per person than they emitted in 1990.
A report from the city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Multnomah County Office of Sustainability noted that national carbon emissions have risen by almost 12 percent over the same period.
The departments issued their findings in a report on the city and county’s Climate Action Plan at Wednesday’s Portland City Council meeting.
The city and county hope to reduce carbon emissions overall by 40 percent by 2030.
“We’re making solid progress on our ambitious Climate Action Plan goals, in part because we’re creating a more connected city,” Portland Mayor Sam Adams said in a statement. “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.”
The report noted that:
• Portland homes use 10 percent less energy per person compared to 1990.
• More than 1,200 homes have participated in the Clean Energy Works Oregon program.
• More than 1,400 homes and businesses have installed solar panels.
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