Denver became the 73rd city in America to commit to 100% renewable energy when Mayor Michael Hancock announced it in his State of the City address.
This commitment is part of the city’s largest 80 × 50 climate action plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Denver by 80% from 2005 levels by 2050.
“Climate change directly threatens our neighbors, endangering our health, our environment and our economy, our way of life,” Hancock said, The Denver Post reported.
The plan foresees that all municipal facilities consume electricity from renewable sources, like wind or solar power, by 2025 and that the city’s entire electricity network be renewable by 2030.
Denver first committed to reduce emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by 2050, in its 2015 climate action plan. The current plan is the result of nearly two years of discussions with experts and parts of the community, Hancock wrote in a letter outlining the full text of the plan.
Hancock said cities have a special responsibility to act on climate change.
“Although cities represent only 2% of the world’s planet, they are responsible for over 70% of carbon emissions,” he wrote.
Denver isn’t alone in its state taking climate action seriously. In recent years, Colorado has emerged as a non-coastal leader in the fight against climate change. In April, Boulder and two counties in Colorado became the first interior municipalities to sue major oil companies for the cost of adapting to climate change, and in June, the entire state of Colorado became one of the rare offshore states that have chosen to follow the strictest. California emissions standards.
Denver is the 10th municipality in the state to adopt the 100% renewable energy target, according to The Denver Post, but its climate action plan goes beyond green electricity and also sets targets for reduction of emissions in buildings and transport.
By 2050, the city expects to the fleets of taxis and light vehicles are 100% electric, that its public transport is 100% zero emissions and that 75% of freight trucks use carbon neutral fuel.
The construction goals are to ensure that all new buildings are emission neutral by 2035 and to reduce the energy use of commercial buildings by 50% by 2050.
The plan also hopes to use the green process as a way to improve the lives of all Denver residents.
“Low-income families and other vulnerable communities that have historically been excluded will be a central part of Denver’s climate programs,” Hancock wrote in the opening letter.
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For example, the plan hopes to implement “Exclusive community solar programs for low income families“.