The city of San Francisco is a city that is at the forefront of the efforts to combat carbon emissions that contribute to global climate change. Since 1990, the city has been able to cut its carbon emissions by 29 percent. It has been able to do this even though the population of the city has risen by over 20 percent.
The city was able to cut carbon emissions in several ways. The city instituted strict energy efficiency requirements for all new construction projects. Renewable energy sources were also put into operation for the city’s energy usage.
While the efforts of San Francisco have been successful, the city’s mayor, Mike Farrell, has announced that he wants San Francisco to become carbon neutral by 2050. In order to do that, new actions must be taken.
The first action that the city will undertake is to plant 2,000 new trees in the city during the next two year period. This effort will cost around $4 million. These trees will help to absorb carbon along with the 125,000 trees that the city already maintains. The trees will be planted in areas that do not currently have an abundant tree cover.
In addition to the tree planting initiative, the city will work to bring down carbon emissions by promoting the use of electric vehicles. Electric-powered vehicles will be phased into the city’s public transportation system.
The city will also work with those entities that supply power to the city. More renewable forms of energy will be used such as wind and solar power.
With all of these efforts combined, San Francisco believes that it will meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral. Over 40 other cities around the world have pledged to become carbon neutral over the coming years.