The City of Fort Collins is currently working to develop a detailed plan to implement its ambitious 2015 Climate Action Plan. That plan calls for reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, and for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) believes that it is important to acknowledge the significant gap between our current emissions and those goals if we are to achieve success.
Presented to the Colorado House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee on February 4, 2016
In December of 2014, members of the Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) began a series of conversations with Representative Arndt, Representative Ginal, and Senator Kefalas to discuss the recently-released “Colorado Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update.” We had two primary concerns: 1) the Inventory documented a steady rise in Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and 2010 while projecting a continuing rise in emissions through 2030, and 2) the Inventory made no mention of the goals established by the Ritter Administration in 2007, which are to reduce our State’s greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.
Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on December 24, 2015
The climate agreement reached by delegates from nearly 200 countries in Paris on Dec. 12 includes some significant steps forward. It acknowledges that the average global temperature rise must be limited to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels. And it states that in order to achieve this target, the world must reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 2050 and 2100.