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Portland just released the Year One Progress Report for Portland and Multnomah County's Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan is a three-year plan to put Portland on a path to achieve a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, and an 80 percent reduction by 2050.
The report finds that Portland and Multnomah County have made substantial progress in carrying out the actions identified in the plan. Local emissions have dropped 15 percent since 2000, sharply countering the national trend. Despite rapid population growth, local greenhouse gas emissions in 2009 were two percent below 1990 levels, the baseline year referenced in the Kyoto Protocol. On a per-capita basis, emissions in Multnomah County have fallen by 20 percent since 1990.
Adopted in October 2009, the Climate Action Plan contains over 100 specific actions to be completed by 2012. These actions include efforts ranging from building bicycle infrastructure to collecting food-scraps from homes for composting and from weatherizing homes to planting trees and restoring natural areas. In general, meaningful progress has been made on the majority of the actions in the plan. Just over half the actions are on track for completion; another one-third percent are underway, but face obstacles or are just getting started; four percent of the actions have been completed; and the remaining 10 percent have not yet been initiated.
Highlights outlined in the report include:
The City and County have made considerable progress in the first year of implementing the Climate Action Plan. Nevertheless, a number of key actions require attention in the coming years.
Major next steps include: