An ordinance focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in the next five years in Detroit was unanimously passed by Detroit City Council on Tuesday.
Crain’s. The last time emission levels were measured was in 2012 — the city emitted 10.6 million tons of carbon dioxide that year — and the ordinance seeks to reduce that figure to 7.4 million tons by 2025. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, cities on a whole can be blamed for causing more than 70 percent of carbon dioxide emissions around the globe.
City buildings specifically emitted 1.18 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2012. The ordinance outlines incremental goals to cut that figure, with an overall goal of reducing building emissions by 100 percent by the year 2050.
Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda. Future goals also include the implementing LED lighting as well as utilizing hybrid and electronic vehicles.
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