On July 1, 2019, City of Charlottesville's City Council adopted new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals informed by community input and the challenge posed by climate change, including the recent IPCC report. The new goals aim to achieve a 45% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 from 2011 levels and carbon neutrality by 2050. The reduction goals apply to community activities and municipal operations.
The City's sectors with the greatest amount of GHG emissions are as follows: Residential, Commercial, Transportation. Together, these sectors comprise approximately 90% of Charlottesville's emissions sources.
In addition, City Council's adopted resolution provided initial direction for the upcoming development of a climate action plan, which will focus on strategies to achieve the new reduction targets.
More information can be found in the Council meeting materials: