Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - January 19, 2022
Baltimore City to Go Carbon Neutral by 2045
Baltimore City set a series of targets to achieve 100% carbon neutrality by 2045. Mayor Brandon M. Scott’s administration is aiming for a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025, a 60% reduction in emissions by 2030, and full carbon neutrality or 100% reduction in net emissions by 2045.
“From the start of my administration, I have made it clear that sustainability and improving the lives of all residents is a priority,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott in a statement. “Ensuring that Baltimore is carbon neutral by the earliest possible date is a key part of my administration’s work to build Clean and Healthy Communities. Our young people deserve the chance to grow up and enjoy everything that our city and our planet have to offer.”
The 2019 Sustainability Plan set a city-wide climate goal of a 25% reduction by 2020 and 30% by 2025 relative to 2007. As of 2017, the city had reduced emissions by 13% and anticipates seeing a reduction of 15-20% for 2020.
The Office of Sustainability is launching a two-year process to update the city’s Climate Action Plan – including a community engagement process running through October 2022.