The City of West Palm Beach has committed to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the world's largest cooperative effort among mayors and city officials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, track progress, and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
In 2016, the City of West Palm Beach updated our community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory. Following that, Mayor Muoio established a long range (2050) net zero GHG reduction target for the city. Net zero emissions means that the quantity of greenhouse gases emitted is in balance with the quantity sequestered or offset. This research project
was conducted to assist in the identification of a short-term (2025) GHG reduction target for West Palm Beach using the year 2013 as a baseline.
The 2013 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory was used as a guide to identify appropriate strategies that could best aid the City in reducing its GHG emissions. Based on the inventory, the four sectors that emitted the most GHGs are transportation, commercial and institutional buildings, residential buildings, and solid waste.Therefore, these were the areas that were focused on for potential emission reduction strategies.
The City has identified six strategies for achieving net zero emissions and our next steps are to develop plans for implementation and engage the community:
- Building Benchmarking and Disclosure
- Green Building Feebate
- Solar Incentives (SolSmart)
- Transportation Demand Management
- CAFE and Other Vehicle Standards
- Mandatory Commercial Recycling
Click on the links above to learn more about each strategy. The City's community-wide greenhouse gas inventory for 2013 is broken down into the following sectors: