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.
Published in the Denver Post on October 17, 2015
Colorado could once count itself among national leaders on climate change mitigation and renewable energy. In 2004, citizens voted to approve an initiative establishing a renewable energy standard for qualifying utilities. The legislature has since increased that standard to 30% renewable generation for investor-owned utilities and 20% for large electric co-operatives by 2030.
Now, as governors from three states – California, New York and Colorado – release plans or sign legislation related to climate change and renewable energy, it is clear that Colorado no longer leads on these issues.
News release issued on Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Fort Collins, CO – Member organizations of the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate (CCLC) were disappointed to learn that the 2015 Colorado Climate Plan (http://cwcbweblink.state.co.us/WebLink/0/doc/196541/Electronic.aspx?sear...), which was released today by the Hickenlooper Administration, makes only cursory reference to the greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals established by the Ritter Administration. The Plan does not acknowledge that the State is currently falling far short of achieving those goals, as is evident in the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Inventory – 2014 Update (https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/AP-COGHGInventory20...).