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Ann Arbor, MI: Climate Action Plan

Posted by Content Coordinator on Monday, December 24th, 2012


Recommended Targets and Actions

The Climate Action Task Force has identified the discontinuation of the use of fossil fuels as critical to the successful reduction of GHGs. By taking strong action, Ann Arbor would be able to not only move the City to zero use of fossil fuels by 2050 but also provide the leadership and a path for other communities to follow.

Ann Arbor would not be alone in calling for major reductions by mid-century, and a major shift in energy sources, over the coming decades. In fact, Ann Arbor would be aligning its goals with the best available climate science and would be joining the ranks of other leading governmental entities. For instance, the State of Maryland Climate Action Plan calls for a 90 percent reduction by 2050 (from 2006 levels), and other city climate action plans from across the country aspire to an 80 percent or more reduction by 2050 (e.g., Michigan’s Climate Action Plan). Of course, for this to happen, larger moves toward renewable energy will be essential over the next 30 to 40 years. These changes will affect more than just Ann Arbor and will require structural shifts that are more fundamental and widespread than the actions or ideas laid out in this Plan. Whether by state or national regulations, such as a stronger renewable energy portfolio standard, or by other economic forces and societal will, the 2050 GHG reductions targeted here are only possible through a massive rethinking of the country’s electricity, heating, and transportation fuel source system and supporting infrastructure.

The Climate Action Plan recommends three targets for community-wide GHG emissions reductions, all of which are relative to the year 2000 baseline.

  • Short-term target (2011 Energy Challenge, City Council resolution R-11-142, April 19, 2011): Reduce CO2e emissions 8 percent by 2015
  • Mid-term target (aligns with University of Michigan 2025 target): Reduce CO2e emissions 25 percent by 2025
  • Long-term target: (meet optimal climate scenario 2,3): Reduce CO2e emissions 90 percent by 2050

For purposes of presentation in the report, and to align with the City of Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework that will direct future City plans, goals, and priorities, actions detailed in this Plan have been grouped into four main categories: Energy and Buildings, Land Use and Access, Resource Management, and Community and Health.

Download full report: City of Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan

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