Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and City Council approved a roadmap for a climate action plan to reduce emissions and build a more resilient city by approving the city’s comprehensive action plan to meet its net-zero target a decade or earlier to reach.
The move sets a target of net zero by 2050 or earlier and adds a specific 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2030.
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“Today’s action builds on my commitment to strengthening climate change initiatives for the benefit of Phoenix and the state of Arizona and delivering on a global promise for world health and safety,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “I am proud to lead a city that has already set up the first publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, invested in innovative cooling solutions for our hot climates, and advocated water-based initiatives that lead to 30 percent reductions in consumption have led even with 400,000 new residents. “
Mayor Gallego is the North American vice chairman of C40 Cities, a global organization of leading metropolitan communities committed to protecting the climate.
“Part of our job is to model our proposed climate protection measures,” added Mayor Gallego. “For Phoenix, our net zero target is community-wide, not just for city operations. It will take a cross-sectoral approach, overlaid by a comprehensive plan that includes water conservation and heat reduction strategies. “
Last month, the council approved $ 2.8 million in the 2021-2022 budget specifically for climate and heat related staff, resources and investments. The city has reduced its fossil fuel investment to $ 0, realized a 40 percent increase in green bonds, and increased investment in tree planting to keep the city’s canopy growing. Taken together, these efforts will encourage an aggressive approach and environment to meet the climate plan’s goals well before its deadline.
To read the Phoenix Climate Action Plan, visit https://www.phoenix.gov/oep/climate.