Carbon pollution reduction targets will soon be mandatory in Eugene, OR, following a 7-1 city council vote in favour of drafting an ordinance on community greenhouse gas (GHG) targets. The city is aiming for a 50% reduction in fossil fuel use by 2030, with a program that includes energy retrofits, assessments of neighbourhood walkability and bikeability, and a more integrated approach to climate resilience. With this initiative, Huva writes, “the City of Eugene did what no one else has been able to do since the Kyoto Protocol expired: they voted to take the first step in making their GHG reduction targets legally binding.” (yet another h/t to Diane Beckett)
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