City of Houston Climate Action Plan

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  • 1.City of Houston Climate Action Plan Mayor’s Stakeholder Meeting 1/28/2019
  • 2.Why Cities are taking Climate Action Source: World Bank Group Hurricane Harvey
  • 3.Houston’s Commitment to Climate Action June 1, 2017: The U.S withdraws from the 2015 Paris Agreement  June 24, 2017: Mayor Turner, co-chair of Climate Mayors, commits to adopt Paris Agreement goals in Houston
  • 4.Houston Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • 5.Stakeholder Survey Results
  • 6.Community Stakeholder Priorities N = 93 Respondents from Stakeholder Survey
  • 7.Stakeholder Ranking of Most Significant Measures N = 93 Respondents from Stakeholder Survey
  • 8.Stakeholder Ranking of Effectiveness of Measures N = 93 Respondents from Stakeholder Survey
  • 9.Climate Action Plan
  • 10.What is a Climate Action Plan (CAP)? A climate action plan should address the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the impacts of climate change and deliver wider social, environmental, and economic benefits. Objectives of plan are to: Decrease traffic congestion Improve air quality Provide better access to green space Improve quality of life Reduce energy costs through energy efficiency and renewable energy Increase resilience
  • 11.Goals of the CAP Goal: Lay the foundation for actions that will make the City carbon-neutral by 2050. Example: New York City
  • 12.Leading by Example Renewable Energy: The City is the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy for city operations, receiving 92% of its power from renewable energy Building Optimization: Since 2004, the City has required all new buildings to be LEED Certified; currently have 37 LEED buildings Since 2007, the City has invested $70 million in energy efficiency retrofits: 6 million square feet; achieving greenhouse gas emission reductions of 35% Converted ~175,000 streetlights to LED technology; reducing the City’s streetlight energy usage by ~50%. Transportation 6.3% of the City’s fleet is hybrid. Working to develop ambitious fleet electrification goals.
  • 13.Climate Action PlanStructure and Process
  • 14.Planning Organizational Structure
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  • 16.Climate Action PlanTechnical Approach
  • 17.Process for Plan Development Technical Assistance:
  • 18.4 3 2 1 Using Scenario Planning to Drive Policy 18 Data measurement is completed on current emissions Data is analyzed by sector to better understand city-wide footprint Data is input into CURB tool to drive scenario planning and action steps Outputs & recommendations are summarized in policy brief City and Community take measures to support science-based targets 5
  • 19.The CURB tool is an integrated model that measures GHG emissions among 6 different sectors Model is data-driven and city-specific with 500+ data fields to complete CURB uses population growth, GDP growth or International Energy Agency’s methodology to estimate future emissions 100+ cities have adopted the CURB model, allowing for comparability and benchmarking Overview of CURB Model Private Building Energy Municipal Buildings & Lighting Electricity Generation Solid Waste Water & Wastewater Transportation
  • 20.Timeline
  • 21.Thank you! Questions? Contact Information: Lara Cottingham Chief Sustainability Officer Lara.Cottingham@houstontx.gov 832-393-8503 Learn more: http:/bit.ly/Houston-CAP